Optical Obstacle Avoidance System for Lunar and Mars Landing

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL07AB00P
Agency Tracking Number: 060529
Amount: $99,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: T7.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
510 Herndon Pkwy, Herndon, VA, 20170-5225
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Torruellas
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 471-7671
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Title: Proposal Manager
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: tperinis@fibertek.com
Research Institution
 The Johns Hopkins University
 Not Available
 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
 (410) 516-8186
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
The systems developed at fibertek for Obstacle-Avoidance has so far all been operated at 1560nm. Such an operation is required due to the required eye-safety constraint. This wavelength range has so far shown reduced efficiency to a 30% optical-optical efficiency in the last stage of optical amplification in the fiber based transmitter we have developed. For space applications, we believe a highly efficient transmitter will be required with associated optical receiver technology. We propose here to develop a highly efficient, very versatile transmitter based on Ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers. Associated with this transmitter we will demonstrate a coherent detection system allowing for both range and velocity measurements during space vehicle landing. The technology required for the transmitter/receiver and scanning is at TRL 5. A successful Phase II STTR should allow for field testing bringing this TRL to 6.

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