Robust Flash 3D-FPA Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,929.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CE14P
Award Id:
95472
Agency Tracking Number:
095344
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
362223463
Principal Investigator:
BradleyShort
Principal Investigator
(805) 966-3331
Bshort@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
JoAnnStettner
Director of Operation
(805) 966-3331
Jstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) is a small business, which has developed a compact, eye-safe 3D Flash LIDARTM Camera (FLC) well suited for real-time spacecraft trajectory, speed, orientation measurements relative to the planet's surfaces and evaluating potential hazards during the critical landing sequence. Data collected using ASC's FLC at JPL's Mars Yard and in NASA ALHAT flight tests demonstrated that ASC Flash LIDAR system can meet the requirements for Entry Descent and Landing (EDL). Aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-127), SpaceX and ASC demonstrated the DragonEye Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (AR&D) Flash LIDAR solution in low earth orbit, the first Flash LIDAR in space. ASC is developing a camera for iRobot Corporation for use in autonomous robotic navigation which is directly applicable to EDL mission requirements. The purpose of the Phase I SBIR effort is to increase the 3D-Focal Plane Array's (3D-FPA) long term reliability by creating a 3D-FPA Dewar sensor assembly. Reliability will be improved significantly by reduced outgassing, corrosion prevention, radiation tolerance and reduced aging sensitivity. ASC's 128x128 3D array FLC has the equivalent of 16,000 range finders on a single FPA which allows the sensor to act as a 3D video camera with enhanced functionality and value add well beyond range finding.

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