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Multifunction Lidar for Air Data and Kinetic Air Hazard Measurement

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Ophir Corp
CO Littleton, CO 80127-1762
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Multifunction Lidar for Air Data and Kinetic Air Hazard Measurement
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CG56P
Award Amount: $99,992.00


Ophir proposes to develop a multifunction, low-cost lidar capable of accurately measuring kinetic air hazards, and air data, simultaneously. The innovation is providing a single sensor that has dual-use functionalityÂ? air data measurement and kinetic air hazard detection in a package that is easily integrated onto commercial aircraft. Conventional air data systems provide critical information to the aircraft for safe flight, but there are vulnerabilities, as evidenced by the recent Air France accident. A more robust air data system for flight controls on aircraft is needed Â? particularly to measure airspeed in icing and severe weather conditions. This proposed sensor also measures air hazards which impacts the safety of air traffic and smoothness of ride; decreases fuel consumption and incidenceof encounters with turbulent events on aircraft. The Phase I effort entails the system requirements determination, determination of optimal dual-use sensor, prototype design, range and accuracy expectations for each of the lidar modes, and preliminary design of the Phase II prototype. This technology is a TRL 2 with the intent of reaching TRL 3 by the end of this program. Phase II consists of a sensor demonstration in a representative flight environment (TRL 5).

Principal Investigator:

Loren M. Caldwell
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Lisa G. Spaeth
Business Official
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ophir Corp
CO Littleton, CO 80127-1762

EIN/Tax ID: 840755430
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No