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Flash3D EDL Sensor Technology Advancement

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2010 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
CA Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1674
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Flash3D EDL Sensor Technology Advancement
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CA86C
Award Amount: $594,862.00


3D Flash LIDAR is ideal for determining real-time spacecraft trajectory, speed, orientation, and range to the planet surface, as well as evaluating potential hazards at the landing site. The "framing camera" nature, of 3D Flash LIDAR systems, makes them well suited as hazard avoidance sensors for EDL. The Phase II effort seeks to improve the range precision of the existing TigerEyeTM 3D Flash LIDAR system, and do so over a much wider signal dynamic range. A range capability of 1- 10,000 meter is feasible. This effort will demonstrate the capability by producing an advanced sensor module incorporating newer detectors and other system advancements. This advanced sensor module will be installed on NASA JPL's 3D Flash LIDAR TigerEyeTM camera system. Advanced Scientific Concepts Inc. (ASC) is a small business, which has developed a number of 3D flash LADAR systems. Flash Ladar sensors are 3D video systems that return range and intensity information for each pixel in real time, and is functionally equivalent to 16000 range finders on one chip. The TigerEyeTM is 1.2kg, 20 Watts, and 10 cm on a side.

Principal Investigator:

Steve Silverman
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

JoAnn Stettner
Business Official
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Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

EIN/Tax ID: 770149982
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No