NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T9.01-9816
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Navigation and Hazard Avoidance Sensor Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Non-Mechanical Beam Steering for Entry, Descent and Landing Sensors

NAME: Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc. NAME: University of Dayton, Research Institute
STREET: 450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 STREET: 300 College Park
CITY: Lafayette CITY: Dayton
STATE/ZIP: CO  80026 - 8878 STATE/ZIP: OH  45469 - 0104
PHONE: (303) 604-0077 PHONE: (937) 229-2919

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Jay Stockley
450 Courtney Way
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Mark Tanner
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 3

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)
Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) and University of Dayton (UD) will team on development of a non-mechanical beam steering (NMBS) subsystem for Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) sensors. BNS will improve their current polarization grating (PG) technology which is capable of switching well over the +- 25 degree requirement called for in the solicitation. Advances to the PG technology specific to the NASA EDL application will include improved throughput, and significant weight reduction by combining components and drastically reducing substrate thicknesses. In addition BNS and UD will develop an environmental test plan tailored to an EDL mission. The PG technology is a coarse steering technology and a NMBS system employing it would be improved by adding fine angle continuous steering capability. UD will leverage its Electro-optic (EO) Crystal center and investigate continuous fine steering based on EO crystals. In addition UD will also tap into its LADAR expertise at the LADAR and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) to provide systems level analysis to design a NMBS prototype which will be built in Phase II.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
A low-SWaP beam control system could be used in many of NASA's remote sensing applications including meteorological studies and agricultural or environmental surveys in addition to the entry descent and landing application. The result of the Phase I effort will be a design for a prototype low SWaP beam control system. The Phase II prototype implementation will serve to demonstrate the beam control capability, environmental survivability, as well as optimize size, weight and power. The resultant beam control system will be transitioned into a commercial product.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Possible commercial applications include the use of this technology for agricultural and meteorological information gathering as well as search and rescue.

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.)
3D Imaging
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Positioning (Attitude Determination, Location X-Y-Z)

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