HIgh Efficiency Laser for Aircraft/UAV and Space Lidar Missions

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