Ultra-Compact Doppler LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$119,986.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911QX-04-C-0064
Award Id:
68118
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-2495
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
135 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO, 80027
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
149375479
Principal Investigator:
Gerard Pelk
Business Unit Manager
(303) 604-2000
Jerry.Pelk@Ctilidar.com
Business Contact:
Timothy Carrig
Director of Research & De
(303) 604-2000
Tim.Carrig@ctilidar.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The rapid development UAVs and UGVs for the Future Combat System is producing requirements for remote sensing of volumetric winds and wind hazards such as wind shear, gusts, and clear air turbulence for safe and efficient vehicle operation. Mission specific parameters such as aerosol plume detection and tracking, terrain mapping, and helicopter rotor turbulence detection must also be measured. The UAV/UGV operating environment requires any operational sensor to be optimally compact, light-weight, and have low power consumption. In Phase I, CTI will develop requirements, specifications, and a system design for a UAV/UGV coherent Doppler Lidar system, focusing on modularity, compact size, and low power consumption. CTI will then leverage from previous work to demonstrate a novel agile-pulse laser technology, with electronic switching between a short-pulse mode for high-resolution terrain mapping with a 10-ns pulsewidth, to a long-pulse mode for wind sensing with pulsewidth electronically adjustable in the range 100 to 400 ns. This agile-pulse capability will allow a single laser to be electronically configured for optimal measurement of a parameter. In Phase I, CTI will also demonstrate a unique proprietary lidar cavity, which will allow small, light-weight, reliable, and rugged transceivers to be built. The agile-pulse laser and the cavity architecture will form the foundation for the ultra-compact Doppler lidar for UAV/UGV. In Phase II, the design for a prototype sensor will be completed. The prototype sensor will then be fabricated, tested, and a performance analysis conducted.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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