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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX08CC26P
Agency Tracking Number: 075442
Amount: $99,625.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
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
DUNS: 36222
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Silverman
 Principal Investigator
 (805) 966-3331
 ssilverman@asc3d.com
Business Contact
 JoAnn Stettner
Title: Business Official
Phone: (805) 966-3331
Email: 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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