3D Flash LIDAR EDL Resolution Improvement

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,955.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CP31P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
125610
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CA, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101-1674
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
362223463
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Short
Program Manager
(805) 966-3331
bshort@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
JoAnn Stettner
Business Official
(805) 966-3331
Jstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) is a small business, which has developed a compact, eye-safe 3D Flash LIDARTM Camera (FLC) well suited for real-time spacecraft trajectory, speed, orientation measurements relative to the planet's surfaces and evaluating potential hazards during the critical landing sequence. ASC's Flash LIDAR has been used for autonomous berthing with the International Space Station (ISS) and is currently under development for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid rendezvous mission. Flash LIDAR is also being evaluated by JPL and NASA for Entry Decent and Landing (EDL) for ALHAT and Mars. Through the investigations at JPL and NASA Langley a number of improvements to the technology have been identified as beneficial to landing application. Improved range resolution, spatial resolution, increased sensitivity and greater dynamic range would increase the functionality for successful landing operations. ASC has developed the core technology for Flash LIDAR with its 3D-FPA and is developing higher resolution arrays to address these concerns. ASC currently has on hand high sensitivity 32x32 arrays (shuttle run for the 320x320) that have not been tested with detectors. Initial evaluation suggests that they have increased sensitivity by 50x, spatial resolution by 2.5x, and range resolution by 3x.

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