Flash 3D Enhancements for Autonomous Precision Landing and Hazard Detection and Avoidance

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,625.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CC26P
Agency Tracking Number:
075442
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
X2.02
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:
Steve Silverman
Principal Investigator
(805) 966-3331
ssilverman@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
JoAnn Stettner
Business Official
(805) 966-3331
Jstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) has developed a 128 x 128 frame, 3D Flash LADAR video camera which produces 3-D point clouds at 30 Hz. Flash Ladar Video Cameras are 3D vision systems that return range and intensity information for each pixel in real time. The ASC camera is the equivalent of 16000 range finders on a single chip. This allows the sensor to act as a 3D video camera with functionality well beyond just range finding. A previous Phase I EDL project used an ASC camera at the JPL mars yard to gather test data. Hazard Identification, and Entry Decent and Landing applications were investigated and the data demonstrated that a Flash LADAR system can resolve landing hazards and is suitable as an EDL sensor. In response to this solicitation ASC will study unit cell designs that will increase sensitivity and dynamic range and allow for more compact unit cells that will yield higher density arrays. The Phase two effort will yield a ROIC design and fabrication of a unit cell. The end result will be a ROIC design ready for Phase 3 production of a large area array. These improvements will increase the TRL level of this sensor.

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