Development of a 3D Flash LADAR Video Camera for Entry, Decent and Landing

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$98,877.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNC07QA51P
Agency Tracking Number:
067076
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.03
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
305 E. Haley Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101-1723
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
36222
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Short
Principal Investigator
(805) 966-3331
bshort@advancedscientificconcepts.com
Business Contact:
Roger Stettner
President
(805) 966-3331
rstettner@advancedscientificconcepts.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) has developed a 128 x 128 frame, 3D Flash LADAR video camera capable of a 30 Hz frame rate. Because Flash LADAR captures an entire frame of data from a single pulse of light, platform motion and vibration will not affect the measurements. This is not true for any other laser-ranging system, such as scanning LIDAR. Additionally, with no moving parts, the system is smaller, lighter, and requires less power than traditional approaches. The proposed project will use an ASC camera in a flight test. Hazard identification, and Entry Decent and Landing applications will be investigated. Multiple data sets will be generated at various resolutions and frame rates. This data will be analyzed, and together with inputs from JPL scientists, will be used to breadboard the camera design for NASA applications. Industry inputs will define a pathway for space qualification. An optimized breadboard camera will be fabricated and delivered in Phase II.

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