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Monolithic Integrated Coherent Optical Receiver for Space Vehicle LIDAR Sensors

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC19C0276
Agency Tracking Number: 194145
Amount: $124,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: S1
Solicitation Number: SBIR_19_P1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-02-18
Small Business Information
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117-3104
United States
DUNS: 191741292
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Renner
 (805) 967-4900
Business Contact
 Milan Mashanovitch
Phone: (805) 967-4900
Research Institution

Past NASA landing missions have used radar for vehicle position and velocity data in the absence of GPS. Future landing missions will require a viable replacement for obsolete radars. Coherent Doppler Lidar technology offers a suitable path for replacing radar with an order of magnitude higher precision as a landing sensor to help control the critical last 5 kilometers or so of landing approach. NASA has developed a highly capable Navigation Doppler Lidar, or NDL which has gone through extensive testing under several field conditions. NDL is about the size of a breadbox and further reduction in Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) is desirable for practical deployment in a wide range of vehicles. SWaP reduction of about an order of magnitude can be achieved through monolithic photonic integration. Freedom Photonics has strong expertise in the development of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) and proposes in this effort to develop a Monolithic Integrated Coherent Optical Receiver PIC for Lidar systems, supporting navigation and landing of space vehicles.

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