NASA STTR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 T9.01-9983
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Navigation and Hazard Avoidance Sensor Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Configurable, Multi-Beam, Doppler Ladar Based Precision Landing Sensor

NAME: Fibertek, Inc. NAME: Utah State University
STREET: 13605 Dulles Technology Drive STREET: 1415 Old Main Hill - Room64
CITY: Herndon CITY: Logan
STATE/ZIP: VA  20171 - 4603 STATE/ZIP: UT  84322 - 1415
PHONE: (703) 471-7671 PHONE: (435) 797-1189

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Shantanu Gupta
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671 Extension :3621

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Tracy Perinis
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671 Extension :3674

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Navigation and Hazard Avoidance Sensor Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Fibertek proposes a configurable, multi-beam, 1.5 um Doppler Lidar sensor, enabled by high-speed non-mechanical beam steering (NMBS). NMBS uses state-of-the-art, high-speed liquid-crystal based components, to provide wide-angle (up to +/- 45 degree), large-aperture, optical beam steering, at speeds of up to 10 kHz. Furthermore, this is integrated into a very compact optical transmit/receive terminal, designed for coherent lidar operation. The proposed Doppler Lidar sensor is estimated to be 4X lower SWaP, and have 3X-5X improved range performance over the current design for entry, descent, landing (EDL) sensors under development at NASA.

In addition, the configurable, high-speed, beam-scan pattern provides enhanced functionality for velocity/range/attitude estimate, and even for terrain mapping. The Doppler Lidar landing sensor model will be developed by our Research Institution partner, leveraging their related work on 3D-imaging ladar.

The proposed effort targets a space-qualifiable roadmap, as we will leverage ongoing inter-disciplinary engineering development and qualification at Fibertek, for high-reliability, high-power, fiber laser transmitter and transmit/receive optical terminal for deep-space mission.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) Compact Doppler Lidar as a precision Entry, Descent and Landing sensor, for planetary/ lunar/asteroid missions.
(2) Configurable, rapid-scan, multi-beam capability enabled by NMBS technology, provides for enhanced EDL sensor functionality, e.g. for terrain-mapping, hazard avoidance, and hazard relative navigation.
(3) Relative navigation sensor for spacecraft constellation flying, enabled by lidar ranging sensors with NMBS technology
(4) Laser beam pointing, stabilization, and scanning of any Lidar/Ladar based sensor, including for mosaic-tiled 3D-imaging ladar.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) Agile, compact optical terminal for laser communication for hosted-payloads, small-satellite, and CubeSat platform, that are of interest to AF and NRO missions.
(2) Enables space optical networking, and autonomous communication links for satellite constellation mission.
(3) Enables optical time-transfer for accurate navigation, with potential for optically aided GPS
(4) Precision steering for mosaic-tiled 3D Imaging Ladar application, for ISR missions.
(5) Laser beam-steering, tracking and stabilization for directed-energy laser application.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Guidance & Tracking)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Navigation & Guidance

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