Multifunction Lidar for Air Data and Kinetic Air Hazard Measurement

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,663.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNX12CA69C
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
104472
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A1.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CO, Littleton, CO, 80127-1762
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
028110716
Principal Investigator:
Loren Caldwell
Principal Investigator
(303) 933-2200
caldwell@ophir.com
Business Contact:
Eric Sainz
Business Official
(303) 933-2220
erics@ophir.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Ophir's Phase I research was highly successful and all contract objectives and tasks were successfully completed. In Phase II, Ophir proposes to continue this important research by developing and flight testing a multifunction, low-cost, laser radar capable of enhancing aviation safety by accurately measuring kinetic air hazards, providing supplemental air data, and enhancing ride comfort. The innovation is providing a single, cost-effective sensor that has multiple-use functionality, in a package that is easily integrated onto commercial aircraft. Conventional air data systems provide critical information to the aircraft for safe flight, but there are vulnerabilities, as evidenced by the recent Air France accident. A more robust air data system for flight controls on aircraft is needed - particularly to measure airspeed in icing and severe weather conditions. This proposed sensor also detects and quantifies kinetic air hazards which impact the safety of air traffic; enhances ride comfort while reducing airframe fatigue; decreases fuel consumption, and reduces the frequency and severity of encounters with turbulent events. Building upon the Phase I design and performance trade studies, Phase II will finalize the prototype design, assemble the working prototype, perform Proof-of-Capability laboratory testing, package the prototype for flight testing and demonstrate the multifunction lidar technology in a representative flight environment (TRL 5).

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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