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Development of a 3D Flash LADAR Video Camera for Entry, Decent, and Landing

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83807
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
067076
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Development of a 3D Flash LADAR Video Camera for Entry, Decent, and Landing
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC08CA26C
Award Amount: $599,980.00
 

Abstract:

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) has developed a 128 x 128 frame, 3D Flash LADAR video camera which produces 3-D point clouds at 30 Hz. Flash LADAR captures an entire frame of data from a single pulse of light, therefore platform motion and vibration will not affect the measurements. This is not true for any other laser-ranging system, such as scanning LIDAR. Additionally, with no moving parts, the system is smaller, lighter, and requires less power than traditional approaches. The Phase I project used an ASC camera at the JPL mars yard to gather test data. Hazard Identification, and Entry Decent and Landing applications were investigated. These data sets were taken and delivered to JPL. The analysis demonstrates that a Flash LADAR system can resolve landing hazards and is suitable as an EDL sensor. This data, together with inputs from JPL scientists, was used to develop a brassboard camera concept for NASA applications. The optimized camera will be fabricated and delivered in Phase II. This sensor will not be spaced qualified, but the Hi-Reliabilty module developed for phase II will be the first step. Space qualification will be the next necessary step for Flash LADAR.

Principal Investigator:

Bradley W. Short
Principal Investigator
8059663331
bshort@adc3d.com

Business Contact:

JoAnn Stettner
Business Official
8059663331
jstettner@advancedscientificconcepts.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
135 E. Ortega Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

EIN/Tax ID: 770149982
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No