Electro-Optic Laser Scanners for Space-Based Lidar

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$598,489.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CA88C
Agency Tracking Number:
095590
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Vescent Photonics, Inc.
CO, Denver, CO, 80216-4401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112697136
Principal Investigator:
Scott Davis
Principal Investigator
(303) 296-6766
davis@Vescentphotonics.com
Business Contact:
Jennifer Kellogg
Business Official
(303) 296-6766
jkellogg@vescentphotonics.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The purpose of this phase II SBIR is to design and build new non-mechanical, electro-optic (EO) laser scanners that will be suitable for space based laser ranging, with a specific focus on the upcoming Lidar Surface Topography (LIST) mission. Even though the applications for EO laser scanning are extensive and pervasive, replacing opto-mechanics has been a historically intractable problem. Vescent Photonics has developed a proprietary electro-optic architecture that enables, for the first time, very wide field-of-regard (270 degrees of scanning demonstrated) and simple EO laser scanners. In our phase I work we demonstrated that these new EO scanners can be designed/adapted to meet the unique performance requirements for satellite based laser sensors. In phase II we will design, build and deliver a full EO scanner system, including a mated optical amplifier that will meet the LIST performance requirements. This phase II program will advance the TRL from 4 to 5-6.

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