3DML: A 3-D Miniature LIDAR for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-09-C-0067
Agency Tracking Number: A082-135-1540
Amount: $69,889.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-135
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
460 West 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001
DUNS: 131364820
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rutberg
 Electrical Systems Engineer
 (646) 459-7830
Business Contact
 Chris Chapman
Title: President
Phone: (646) 459-7802
Email: chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution
A small-envelope, inexpensive 3D LIDAR with the high performance required by UGV navigation and operations applications does not currently exist. We propose to develop such a sensor, drawing on technology matured by Honeybee Robotics under DARPA and NASA funding. Our 3D Miniature LIDAR (3DML) design uses an innovative drum scanner in conjunction with a pulse-time-of-flight (PTOF) optical rangefinding subsystem. Important performance characteristics include: a wide field-of-view for adequate near-field vision, a frame rate sufficient for real-time operation, and resolution high enough for terrain assessment, obstacle characterization and local mapping. Honeybee’s 3DML technology is uniquely suited to address these desirements in an ultra-compact package at low per-unit cost. One key innovation is the optical drum scanner, combining a large aperture and wide field-of-view with robust mechanical operation and small size. Equally important are the electronic subsystems, enabling serial ranging of points at high resolution and very high speeds. The primary goal of Phase I will be adapting the 3DML architecture to meet the demands of the SUGV application. Prototyping of key subsystems will demonstrate technology readiness prior to Phase II. A Phase I Option will be used to complete a detailed design of the optical drum and prototype the optical transmitter.

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