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Highly Sensitive Flash LADAR Camera

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CS78C
Agency Tracking Number: 150102
Amount: $749,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-09-29
Small Business Information
15985 Northwest Schendel Avenue, Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006-6703
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Drake Miller
 Senior Engineer
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 Debra Ozuna
Title: Business Official
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Research Institution
 University of Dayton
 Debra Ozuna
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0104
United States

 (971) 223-5646
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

To address the urgent need for 3D flash-lidar technology for landing on solar system bodies and for spacecraft rendezvous and docking with satellites, an effort is proposed to fabricate, characterize, and test a versatile, high-sensitivity InGaAs APD 3D flash lidar and to advance the technology-readiness level (TRL) of lidar technologies suitable for NASA mission requirements. Leveraging an existing InGaAs APD focal-plane array (FPA) technology, improvements will be made to increase its reliability and performance. The high-gain, low-excess-noise APD FPAs will be characterized and integrated with miniature camera electronics, along with a medium-pulse-energy, high-repetition-rate, ultra-compact, pulsed diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) laser. The lidar sensor will be shown to meet NASA needs in terms of sensitivity and 5-cm range resolutions. Using these results, a large-format (e.g. 1024 x 1024, or larger) FPA will be designed for qualification for space missions.

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