NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- Z7.01-4632
 Entry Descent & Landing Sensors for Environment Characterization, Vehicle Performance, and Guidance, Navigation and Control
 Planetary Landing Lidar
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon , VA 20171-4603
(703) 471-7671

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Michael Albert
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tracy Perinis
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 4
Technical Abstract

NASA and others are pursuing bold concepts of landing a scientific craft on the surface of planetary bodies to perform in-situ science.   These mission concepts require extremely precise landing at pre-designated sites of high scientific interest while avoiding hazardous terrain that could adversely affect the lander operation.  The Planetary Landing Lidar Sensor (PLLS) requires advancement in resolution, range, and processing rate in comparison to other landing/proximity lidars.  Fibertek’s technical approach is capable of meeting PLLS requirements for a range of mission requirements.  Our innovative PLLS architecture incorporates the following state of the art technology:

1) Radiation hardened single photon, optimal efficiency light detection and high-precision analog-to-digital conversion.   

2) Novel real-time processing algorithms implemented in readily space-qualifiable hardware, generating high resolution digital elevation maps in near-real time.

3) A apace-qualified laser transmitter laser system with inherently radiation hard components.

Potential NASA Applications

Compact 3D topology lidar as a precision entry, descent, and landing sensor for planetary/lunar/asteroid missions.

Rapid-scan and image processing for enhanced EDL sensor functionality.

High resolution topology lidar for proximity operations, satellite servicing and sample & return missions.

The laser system maturation provides a high reliability and low SWaP laser transmitter for in-situ Raman lidar  instruments.

Potential Non-NASA Applications

The DoD  community is actively pursuing real time 3D lidar sensor technologies for intelligence, surveillance and recognizance applications on airborne and space borne platforms. 

The sensor and processing technology is applicable to autonomous vehicle  systems including self-driving cars. 

The laser system maturation provides a high reliability and low SWaP laser for Raman lidar used for stand-off explosive detection.

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