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Ultra-Compact Transmitter for Space-Based Lidar

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CL43P
Agency Tracking Number: 150183
Amount: $124,664.00
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
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171-4603
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nicholas Sawruk
 Senior Laser Scientist
 (703) 471-7671
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 Tracy Perinis
230 Innovation Blvd.
State College, PA 16803-2241
United States

 (703) 471-7671
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Fibertek, Inc. in partnership with researchers at the Pennsylvania State University Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) are proposing to develop a state of the art, space-qualifiable laser transmitter that meets the requirements of the flash lidar transmitter defined in the 2016 STTR subtopic T9.01, Navigation and Hazard Avoidance Sensor Technologies. The design will be an innovative synthesis of key technologies that results in a >3x reduction in the size and weight and a >2x increase in the efficiency of the laser transmitter previously developed for the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) demonstrator program . These key technologies include incorporation of additive manufacturing techniques to develop a much lighter weight mechanical structure, an ultra-compact unstable or near stable ring resonator that achieves a large fundamental mode in an ~7 cm x 4 cm rectangular optical cavity, higher efficiency diode-pumped head designs that incorporate composite gain media, and compact and efficient electronics designs derived from the environmentally hardened versions previously developed for DOD and NASA programs.

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