NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 S1.07-8853
SUBTOPIC TITLE: In Situ Instruments/Technologies for Planetary Science
PROPOSAL TITLE: Coded Aperture Techniques for High-Throughput Imaging Spectroscopy

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nova Photonics, Inc.
One Oak Place
Princeton, NJ 08540 - 4701
(609) 258-5631

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Yancey Sechrest
200 Forrestal Road
Princeton, NJ 08540 - 6605
(609) 258-5642

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Fred M. Levinton
One Oak Place
Princeton, NJ 08540 - 4701
(609) 258-5631

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
In Situ Instruments/Technologies for Planetary Science 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)
We propose the use of programmable, two-dimensional (2D) coded apertures for high-throughput imaging spectroscopy. Spatially-varying, 2D, transmissive or reflective encoded mask, such as a hadamard or bernoulli random matrix, can be leveraged to realize high-throughput variants of many standard imaging spectroscopy techniques with throughput enhancements surpassing 50-100x compared to slit-based systems. In addition, recent advances in fast-switching spatial light modulators enable the reprogramming of mask encoding on the millisecond timescale. The combination these two technologies enables a wide array of potential innovations for hyperspectral imaging systems offering high-throughput, compressive measurement, with significant operational-flexibility. In this proposal, we target the application of these techniques to the development of a high-throughput, pushbroom imaging spectrometer for planetary science applications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Airborne/orbital imaging spectroscopy for terrestrial, lunar, martian, or planetoid orbiter missions. Hyperspectral imaging camera for lander missions. Imaging and integral field spectroscopy for astrophysical observations.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Remote sensing platform for scientific, defense, or industrial applications. Precision agriculture (or site specific crop management), and land and forest management (e.g. sustainable forest management). Industrial imaging for quality assurance/quality control (e.g. food safety inspection) and automation.

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.)

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