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Multi-Point Trilateration: A New Approach for Distributed Metrology

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
105800
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
S2.03
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Bridger Photonics, Inc.
2310 University Way Bldg 4-4 Bozeman, MT 59715-6504
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Multi-Point Trilateration: A New Approach for Distributed Metrology
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CF41P
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

For NASA missions requiring active control of segmented mirrors, optical trusses and booms, coherent, laser-based approaches such as CW laser interferometers have been preferred because they can provide very high resolution relative position measurements. Other approaches, such as multi-color interferometers can provide absolute range measurements. However, neither technique can measure multiple retroreflectors with a single optical transceiver. This has led to complex distributed metrology systems, which are limited in usefulness. Bridger Photonics Inc. proposes to investigate a novel distributed metrology approach that is uniquely enabled by its SLM-Series of actively stabilized swept laser sources. The technique, termed multi-point trilateration, uses a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) chirped laser radar to determine the range to multiple reflectors that are illuminated simultaneously by three or more large field-of-view transceivers. Because Bridger's laser radar system can unambiguously determine the range to multiple targets within the field-of-view with high accuracy, trilateration can be utilized to estimate the three-dimensional (3D) coordinates for all of the retroreflective targets within the field-of-view. Bridger provides two critical advantages for the development of this distributed metrology system: 1) The world's highest resolution laser radar system, which is crucial for determining the range to the multiple retroreflectors, and 2) Proprietary processing techniques that enable Cramer-Rao lower bound limited range estimation. Under the proposed work plan, Bridger will provide an optimal design for Transceiver/Retroreflector geometries and model the expected performance, conduct demonstrations validating the system performance and provide a space-qualifiable, compact system design that can be built and delivered to NASA during a Phase II effort should the approach be feasible.

Principal Investigator:

Randy R. Reibel
Principal Investigator
4069201339
reibel@bridgerphotonics.com

Business Contact:

Randy R. Reibel
Cheif Operations Officer
4069201339
reibel@bridgerphotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Bridger Photonics Inc.
112 East Lincoln Bozeman, MT 59715-6504

EIN/Tax ID: 205926537
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No