HIgh Efficiency Laser for Aircraft/UAV and Space Lidar Missions

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$598,760.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX11CB76C
Agency Tracking Number:
095448
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
VA, Herndon, VA, 20170-5225
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107940207
Principal Investigator:
Floyd Hovis
Principal Investigator
(703) 471-7671
fhovis@fibertek.com
Business Contact:
Tracy Perinis
Business Official
(703) 471-7671
tperinis@fibertek.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This SBIR is developing high-efficiency, high beam-quality Nd lasers and non-linear wavelength conversion technologies suitable for ozone, aerosol, oxygen, CO2, water vapor and wind lidar. The advanced solid-state laser technology proposed directly supports NASA Earth Science Decadal Study programs for aerosols and clouds (ACE), global wind (3D-Winds) and advanced multi-beam altimetry and vegetation canopy missions (DESDynI, LIST). We propose to increase the wall-plug efficiency of fieldable 1um lasers from 4-6% into the 12-16% range, drastically reducing the electrical power needed for satellite missions. For the same satellite bus this means that power will be available to support another lidar system, radar or other instruments - greatly increasing the science mission value. The closely related non-linear wavelength conversion technology can also enable direct range-resolved CO2 measurement and/or oxygen lidars that support CO2 pressure and density determinations. The technology developed will also support sub-orbital flight missions for ozone, water vapor, and High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HRSL) systems for advanced aerosol measurements.

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