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Rover Radar for Surface Navigation, Hazard Detection and Negative Obstacle…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
77526
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
053641
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Epsilon Lambda Electronics Corporation
396 Fenton Lane, Suite 601 West Chicago, IL 60185-2687
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Rover Radar for Surface Navigation, Hazard Detection and Negative Obstacle Avoidance
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNG06LA36C
Award Amount: $69,638.00
 

Abstract:

In Topic X1.03 NASA (JPL) is seeking to extend and implement long distance exploratory surface rover missions to gain knowledge of surface topology and roughness. The benefit is to identify suitable sites for future landings of human or robotic missions and to aid in pinpoint landings. High resolution millimeter wave radar sensors provide a low cost, reliable way for a Moon or Mars Rover to detect hazards and negative obstacles (i.e. holes and drop-offs) while moving or stationary. A radar sensor is effective as a stand-alone sensor, or as a complement to the stereo vision based and laser line systems used on previous successful rover missions. The low computer overhead and inherently rapid response of a radar sensor enables a rover to rapidly traverse extremely rugged terrain without risk of falling into a hole or being otherwise trapped. The rapid traverse speed provides a wider area for collection of science data, and reduces the fraction of limited mission time spent on moving, as opposed to measurement. The overall objective of the proposed program is to develop a practical rover radar sensor for negative and positive obstacle detection.

Principal Investigator:

Robert Knox
Principal Investigator
6302937118
bobk@epsilonlambda.com

Business Contact:

Robert Knox
Business Official
6302937118
bobk@epsilonlambda.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

EPSILON LAMBDA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
396 Fenton Lane, Suite 601 West Chicago, IL 60185

EIN/Tax ID: 362799281
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No