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Single Frequency Lasers for Space-Based Wind and Aerosol Lidar

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA 20171-4603
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Single Frequency Lasers for Space-Based Wind and Aerosol Lidar
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC70P
Award Amount: $99,389.00


This SBIR will develop single frequency cw laser technology for 2um lidar and UV interferometer locking control critical to NASA missions that will measure atmospheric winds and aerosols. NASA recently completed the Earth Science Decadal Study that identified atmospheric global wind and aerosol measurement as high priority missions with recommended satellite deployments within the next decade. Our general approach to this SBIR is to perform proof of concept research that results in optical designs that can be readily integrated into existing flight ready hardware. After Phase 2 we anticipate the technology will readily transfer to NASA mission use. We expect successful completion of the proposed work to increase the TRL from 4 to 5. The innovation of this SBIR is the development of space-qualifiable CW single-frequency lasers at 2 ýým and 355 nm, products that are not commercially available. Numerous pulsed 355 nm sources are available for commercial applications but they are not space-qualifiable. There are several scientific investigations of 355 nm CW lasers described in the literature but no effort has been made to create high vibration aircraft nor space qualified products available to NASA.

Principal Investigator:

Floyd E. Hovis
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Tracy Perinis
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Fibertek, Inc.
510 Herndon Parkway Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 541255705
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No