Low-Cost Lidar for Wake-Vortex and Other Hazard Detection

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CL57C
Agency Tracking Number: 115281
Amount: $699,266.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 061931676
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chris DePriest
 Principal Investigator
 (781) 275-9535
Business Contact
 B. David Green
Title: Business Official
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@qpeak.com
Research Institution
The evolution of the National Airspace System via the Next Generation Air Transportation System program depends on enabling new operational concepts to increase efficiency. Decreasing the spacing between aircraft on takeoff and landing would increase the throughput of airports. On-board sensing capability for wake vortices could allow aircraft to operate with reduced spacings. Wake vortices can be detected by a lidar located on the aircraft, but such a system needs to be small, lightweight, rugged, and require minimal maintenance. The Phase I program showed the feasibility of an intrinsically low-cost, coherent lidar that would be suitable for deployment on commercial airliners for axial wake vortex detection. The Low-Cost Lidar Test Bed was used to demonstrate measurement of aerosol returns. The program also assessed the feasibility of using the lidar for remote detection of clear air turbulence and volcanic ash clouds. The program developed a conceptual design for a prototype system that would be fabricated and ground tested in the Phase II program. The Phase II program will design and fabricate an engineering prototype compact coherent Doppler lidar and demonstrate it by measuring ambient wind fields at nearby venues.

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