NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 S6.02-7859
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Lidar Remote Sensing
PROPOSAL TITLE:Compact High Power Fiber Laser

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
SIGMA RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING CORP.
4801 Forbes Blvd
Lanham ,MD 20706 - 4357
(301) 552 - 6300

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
J. Marcos   Sirota
marcos.sirota@sigmaspace.com
4801 Forbes Blvd
Lanham, MD  20706 -4357
(301) 552 - 6300

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
The goal of the proposed work is the development of a portable and efficient pulsed laser system for LIDAR and ranging applications, which make use of the latest developments in fiber optic technology. Even though there have been significant advances in fiber lasers, there is still a need for development of a reliable fiber laser system generating nanosecond and sub nanosecond (100 ps ? 5 ns) pulses with enough energy for ranging applications. The potential applications of such a laser would be LIDAR systems that are flown in smaller UAV platforms where size and efficiency are key requirements. The proposed laser system follows the classical arrangement of a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA). The master oscillator consists of a microchip laser which is a commercially off the shelf (COTS) component. The power amplifier will be constructed using photonic crystal fiber (PCF). Due to the many developments over the last few years in the area of fiber optic technologies and components, Phase I work will start with an in-depth evaluation of all available technologies, which will lead to the design and development of a space-worthy high power nanosecond laser.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Altimeters flown on small UAV platforms where size and efficiency are crucial parameters, such as a photon-counting laser altimeter that can provide contiguous, high spatial resolution 3D topographic maps and images from a high altitude aircraft on a single overflight.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Other federal agencies such as NOAA and DoD have express the need of a compact pulsed all solid state laser for ranging, altimetry, and imaging applications.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Attitude Determination and Control
Laser
Optical
Photonics


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