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PIC Optical Network for High-Efficiency Navigation Doppler Lidar

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC21C0390
Agency Tracking Number: 212905
Amount: $124,428.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z7
Solicitation Number: SBIR_21_P1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-19
Small Business Information
1100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666-6264
United States
DUNS: 081170426
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Diego Pierrottet
 (757) 927-5556
Business Contact
 Diego Pierrottet
Title: DiegoPierrottet
Phone: (757) 927-5556
Research Institution

The Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) is used during the phase of Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) in which terrain-relative decisions and final preparations for landing are made. Lander maneuvers include vehicle reorientation to facilitate surface relative sensing, using propulsion to divert away from sensed hazards, or navigate to designated landing site. During EDL, precise knowledge of the spacecraft state, as well as the properties of the landing area, are critically important. An innovative NDL is proposed that significantly reduces power, mass, and volume, while improving system performance, meeting or exceeding requirements for precision GNamp;C. The proposed innovation fuses a high power capable electro-optic system-on-chip into the NDL fiber lidar network to create a unique lidar ideally suited for ranging and 3-axis velocimetry. Additionally, more options are available in terms of telescope mounting, redundancy, and sensor measurement availability during different stages of a landing trajectory.

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