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HIgh Efficiency Laser for Aircraft/UAV and Space Lidar Missions

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095448
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: HIgh Efficiency Laser for Aircraft/UAV and Space Lidar Missions
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CB76C
Award Amount: $598,760.00
 

Abstract:

This SBIR is developing high-efficiency, high beam-quality Nd lasers and non-linear wavelength conversion technologies suitable for ozone, aerosol, oxygen, CO2, water vapor and wind lidar. The advanced solid-state laser technology proposed directly supports NASA Earth Science Decadal Study programs for aerosols and clouds (ACE), global wind (3D-Winds) and advanced multi-beam altimetry and vegetation canopy missions (DESDynI, LIST). We propose to increase the wall-plug efficiency of fieldable 1um lasers from 4-6% into the 12-16% range, drastically reducing the electrical power needed for satellite missions. For the same satellite bus this means that power will be available to support another lidar system, radar or other instruments - greatly increasing the science mission value. The closely related non-linear wavelength conversion technology can also enable direct range-resolved CO2 measurement and/or oxygen lidars that support CO2 pressure and density determinations. The technology developed will also support sub-orbital flight missions for ozone, water vapor, and High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HRSL) systems for advanced aerosol measurements.

Principal Investigator:

Floyd E. Hovis
Principal Investigator
7034717671
fhovis@fibertek.com

Business Contact:

Tracy Perinis
Business Official
7034717671
tperinis@fibertek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 541255705
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No