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"MAGLEV OPTICAL DETECTION OF OBSTACLES (MODO)"

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
18793
Program Year/Program:
1994 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
18793
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Aspen Systems, Inc.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlborough, MA 01752-3017
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1994
Title: "MAGLEV OPTICAL DETECTION OF OBSTACLES (MODO)"
Agency: DOT
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $300,000.00
 

Abstract:

THE REALIZATION OF SAFE, HIGH-SPEED MAGLEV OR STEEL WHEEL GROUND TRANSPORTATION WILL REQUIRE A RELIABLE SYSTEM TO DETECT OBSTACLES IN THE GUIDEWAY AT A CONSIDERABLE DISTANCE. REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE ALL-WEATHER OPERATION, DAY TIME AND NIGHT TIME OPERATION, AND THE DETECTION OF OBSTACLES AROUND THE GUIDEWAY CURVE (NOT IN LINE OF SIGHT). IN ADDITION THE SYSTEM MUST BE SAFE FOR PASSENGERS ON THE TRAIN, ON THE WAITING PLATFORM, AND IN THE GUIDEWAY. THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES AN INNOVATIVE OPTICAL METHOD "MAGLEV OPTICAL DETECTION OF OBSTACLES (MODO)" TO ACHIEVE THIS RELIABLE AND SAFE SYSTEM. THE MODO SYSTEM WILL USE AN EYE-SAFE LASER AND FIBER OPTIC CABLES MOUNTED IN THE GUIDEWAY. PRELIMINARY CALCULATIONS SHOW THAT THIS CONCEPT SHOULD SATISFY THE OBSTACLE DETECTION REQUIREMENTS WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF SAFETY, AT MINIMAL INSTALLED COST. IN PHASE I, ASPEN SYSTEMS, INC. WILL DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF THE MODO SYSTEM THROUGH LABORATORY TESTS AND COMPUTER MODELING, TO EXAMINE THE EFFECTS OF FOG, SOLAR IRRADIANCE, ATMOSPHERIC TURBULENCE, AND OPTICAL COUPLING, ON SYSTEM PERFORMANCE. IN PHASE II WE WILL DEVELOP A WORKING SYSTEM FOR LABORATORY AND FIELD TESTING, PERMITTING A SMOOTH TRANSITION TO IMPLEMENTATION IN PHASE III. THE MODO SYSTEM ALSO HAS THE PROMISE TO ADDRESS THESAFETY ISSUE OF GUIDEWAY INTEGRITY.

Principal Investigator:

Michael Tilleman Phd
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Aspen Systems Inc.
184 Cedar Hill Street Marlbourogh, MA 01752

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