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Non-Mechanical Beam Steering for Entry, Descent and Landing Sensors

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CL90P
Agency Tracking Number: 150192
Amount: $124,725.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette, CO 80026-8878
United States
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HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jay Stockley
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 604-0077
Business Contact
 Mark Tanner
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 604-0077
Research Institution
 University of Dayton, Research Institute
 Mark Tanner
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0104
United States

 (303) 604-0077
 Nonprofit College or University

Boulder Nonlinear Systems (BNS) and University of Dayton (UD) will team on development of a non-mechanical beam steering (NMBS) subsystem for Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) sensors. BNS will improve their current polarization grating (PG) technology which is capable of switching well over the +- 25 degree requirement called for in the solicitation. Advances to the PG technology specific to the NASA EDL application will include improved throughput, and significant weight reduction by combining components and drastically reducing substrate thicknesses. In addition BNS and UD will develop an environmental test plan tailored to an EDL mission. The PG technology is a coarse steering technology and a NMBS system employing it would be improved by adding fine angle continuous steering capability. UD will leverage its Electro-optic (EO) Crystal center and investigate continuous fine steering based on EO crystals. In addition UD will also tap into its LADAR expertise at the LADAR and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI) to provide systems level analysis to design a NMBS prototype which will be built in Phase II.

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