Flash 3D Planetary Entry, Descent and Landing Sensor Hardening

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,889.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX08CD21P
Award Id:
88165
Agency Tracking Number:
075356
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
362223463
Principal Investigator:
Steve Silverman
Principal Investigator
(805) 966-3331
ssilverman@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
JoAnn Stettner
Business Official
(805) 966-3331
rstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institute:
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 further develop its technology for EDL. ASC is proposing radiation hardening, increased sensitivity and reliability improvements. These improvements will lead to a phase II development that will increase the TRL level of this sensor. The new FLVC sensor will have improved range and reliability over ASC's current camera and will provide the functionality to meet NASA's EDL requirements.

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