NASA STTR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 T9.01-9825
RESEARCH SUBTOPIC TITLE: Navigation and Hazard Avoidance Sensor Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Ultra-Compact Transmitter for Space-Based Lidar

NAME: Fibertek, Inc. NAME: Pennsylvania State University
STREET: 13605 Dulles Technology Drive STREET: 230 Innovation Boulevard
CITY: Herndon CITY: State College
STATE/ZIP: VA  20171 - 4603 STATE/ZIP: PA  16803 - 2241
PHONE: (703) 471-7671 PHONE: (814) 863-7282

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Nicholas Sawruk
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671

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

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

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, Inc. in partnership with researchers at the Pennsylvania State University Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) are proposing to develop a state of the art, space-qualifiable laser transmitter that meets the requirements of the flash lidar transmitter defined in the 2016 STTR subtopic T9.01, Navigation and Hazard Avoidance Sensor Technologies. The design will be an innovative synthesis of key technologies that results in a >3x reduction in the size and weight and a >2x increase in the efficiency of the laser transmitter previously developed for the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) demonstrator program . These key technologies include incorporation of additive manufacturing techniques to develop a much lighter weight mechanical structure, an ultra-compact unstable or near stable ring resonator that achieves a large fundamental mode in an ~7 cm x 4 cm rectangular optical cavity, higher efficiency diode-pumped head designs that incorporate composite gain media, and compact and efficient electronics designs derived from the environmentally hardened versions previously developed for DOD and NASA programs.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary focus for the space-qualifiable laser we are proposing to build is as an upgrade to the laser used in the NASA Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology system. Other NASA lidar systems that would be positively impacted by the successful completion of the Phase 2 effort are listed below:
1.Next generation cloud, aerosol, and ocean lidar systems based on High Spectral Resolution Lidar systems.
2.Ozone measurement lidar systems. The improved efficiency and reduced size oscillator and diode pumped heads for both the oscillator and amplifiers could be used to upgrade current ozone DIAL systems.
3.Direct detection wind measurement systems. The higher efficiency diode-pumped heads could be used to improve the efficiency and thus reduce the weight of current direct detection wind lidar systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There is a significant commercial interest in the high efficiency, compact laser being proposed. The applications include the following:
1.As an upgrade to the Ball Aerospace Vision Navigation Sensor (VNS).
2.As the transmitter for compact rangefinders that are being developed for commercial satellite servicing systems.
3.Laser marker/designator competition to Arete.

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.)
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Lasers (Guidance & Tracking)
Manufacturing Methods
Processing Methods

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