Three Dimensional Situational Awareness Sensor to Assist Descent and Landing of the Mars Lander Spacecraft

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$124,897.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX12CE64P
Solitcitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2012
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
115100
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.01
Small Business Information
Tetravue
663 South Rancho Santa Fe Road, #316, San Marcos, CA, 92078-3973
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
82835
Principal Investigator
 Bodo Schmidt
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 683-3582
 bodo.schmidt@tetravue.com
Business Contact
 Paul Banks
Title: CEO, President
Phone: (858) 243-0700
Email: paul.banks@tetravue.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
In order to address NASA's needs identified in the RFP, TetraVue proposes the use of a unique, non GPS and non-observer position dependent 3D sensor system to achieve both high lateral and depth resolution during the landing phase of the EDL. The system uses a nanosecond-class laser strobe to illuminate the scene and capture the 3D data in a single shot and is thus insensitive to motion of the observe or the scene. The approach can utilize off-the-shelf focal plane arrays to acquire high resolution, 3D data for a rapid and accurate craft landing and topographical hazard assessment. Phase I will result in a laboratory demonstration of TetraVue's technology to address the speed and range requirement of the program and bring the TRL level from 3 to 4. Phase II will demonstrate a breadboard prototype capable of performing demonstration experiments with realistic mission parameters and bring the TRL level from 4 to 5.

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