NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 S1.01-9826
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: 2 Micron Wavelength Coherent Universal LIDAR With Adjustable Resolution and Sensitivity

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Discovery Semiconductors, Inc.
119 Silvia Street
Ewing, NJ 08628 - 3200
(609) 434-1311

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Shubhashish Datta
119 Silvia Street
Ewing, NJ 08628 - 3200
(609) 434-1311

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Abhay M Joshi
119 Silvia Street
Ewing, NJ 08628 - 3200
(609) 434-1311

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Lidar Remote Sensing 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)
Discovery Semiconductors and Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories have teamed together to design a Universal LIDAR system that will work for NASA's diverse range of applications. We propose a fiber-based, self-heterodyne LIDAR, at 2050 nm wavelength, whose transmitted optical signal is modulated by a 10 Gbps programmable pseudo-random (PRN) sequence. The LIDAR's resolution and sensitivity will be tuned by choosing the appropriate PRN sequence. A PRN length of 1 will provide the finest resolution of 1.5 cm with 1 uW sensitivity. Increasing the PRN length to 100,000 will improve the sensitivity to 10 pW for 1.5 km resolution.

Several NASA applications will be covered by the new innovation including:

1) Thermometry and spectroscopy of rocket plumes and jet engine flames with cm scale resolution,
2) Laser Doppler Velocimetry in Hypersonic wind tunnels up to Mach 20,
3) Navigational LIDARs for planetary landing mission that need velocity and altitude measurements with sub-meter accuracy,
4) Clear air turbulence measurements having 10 m or higher resolution, and
5) Space based wind LIDAR for environmental sensing having 1 km resolution.

Our Phase I work will result in detailed LIDAR design, which will be corroborated by experimental demonstration of resolution-sensitivity trade.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1)Global 3D profiling of wind velocity with improved sensitivity in clear air,
(2)Cloud mapping, formation, frequency, and altitude data for climate model,
(3)Navigational Lidars for planetary missions,
(4)Rocket engine development, and
(5)Wind tunnel measurements.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1)Wind profilers for wind farms,
(2)On-board clear air turbulence sensing in aircrafts,
(3)Airport wind monitoring for wind shear, turbulence, and vortex wake currents for improved air safety,
(4)Terrain profiling, corridor mapping, and active monitoring of civil engineering projects,
(5)Navigation for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, and
(6)Mobile mapping systems for high-resolution geospatial data.

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.)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)

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