NASA SBIR 2021-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Number:          21-1- Z1.05-3110
Subtopic Title:
      Lunar and Planetary Surface Power Management and Distribution
Proposal Title:
      Efficient Laser Power Beaming for Lunar Operations

Small Business Concern

LaserMotive Inc. DBA PowerLight Technologies
22026 68th Avenue South, Kent, WA 98032
(206) 872-3300                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Tom Nugent Jr
22026 68th Ave S, WA 98032 - 0000
(253) 872-3300                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

April Cook
22026 68th Ave S, WA 98032 - 0000
(253) 872-3300                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :                                                                                                                                                          
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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

This project will develop an efficient laser power beaming system for a variety of Lunar operation scenarios, including crewed bases and autonomous rovers.  This Phase 1 effort will explore transmitter, receiver, and system level trade-offs between a multitude of optical, electrical, and thermal subsystem design choices and parameters, based on our previous experience in designing, fabricating, testing and demonstrating long-range, high power wireless laser power beaming systems.

We will determine optimal values for major system design parameters, including transmit and receive aperture sizes, laser wavelength, and more for lunar operating constraints. We will recommend an overall system design that balances optimization between system size, mass, and end-to-end efficiency.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

The proposed system for wireless optical power distribution will apply to:

  • Rovers (e.g., exploration and mining at polar ice caps in perpetually dark craters)
  • Remote sensor suites
  • Communications gear (with data transfer)
  • Remote or distributed habitats and lunar work sites
  • In the future, it may be useful for space solar power to beam energy from the sun down to earth
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words):

Wireless power to remote telecom gear (military , industrial), remote sensors (military, industrial), unmanned vehicles (air, ground, sea, space), consumer devices, and  to remote work sites (lighting, equip, tools).

Duration:     6

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