NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S1.01-8839
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Frequency-Stable Offset-Locked Lasers for ASCENDS and 3D Winds

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Beyond Photonics LLC
1650 Coal Creek Drive, Unit B
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8868
(303) 475-2088

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Sammy W Henderson
sammy@beyondphotonics.com
1650 Coal Creek Drive, Ste. B
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8868
(303) 396-8536

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Charley P Hale
charley@beyondphotonics.com
1650 Coal Creek Drive, Unit B
Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8868
(303) 475-2088

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 2

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose the potential to develop significant improvements to size, weight, and prime power requirements of front-end cw lasers and associated frequency stabilization and offset-locking photonics and electronics that are utilized in laser-based remote sensing systems for the measurement of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and wind velocity. The emphasis in the proposed program is to develop stable front-end sources for 2-micron wavelength systems, but it is anticipated that much of the design will be readily applicable to a broad array of short-wave IR wavelengths, e.g. 1.57 micron, by the use of alternative laser gain media. Although the Phase I design and Phase II implementation will be aimed at airborne platforms, only designs that have a clear and practical path to future space-based implementation will be considered. The Beyond Photonics team is uniquely qualified to explore the state-of-the-art in relevant lasers and frequency stabilization techniques and develop improved front-end systems that have a demonstrable path to robust, compact airborne and space-based applications. Our team's deep experience with such systems lends a perspective that will yield significant gains in system compactness, efficiency, and autonomous reliability for a wide array of applications relevant to NASA's missions, and improve the viability for other commercial and military applications in eye-safe remote sensing.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA commercial applications for the innovations in frequency-stable 2-um lasers and associated atmospheric spectroscopic remote sensing control technologies include the NASA ASCENDS program, as well as space-based coherent winds (3D Winds), atmospheric pollution monitoring and mitigation systems, chemical and biohazard detection and avoidance, and airborne meteorological instrumentation requiring very environmentally-robust, compact, high-performance cw single-frequency lasers and associated spectral control instrumentation.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Potential non-NASA commercial applications include airborne and ground-based atmospheric CO2 measurement systems, military applications involving high-velocity target tracking and ranging and long-range (10's-100's of km)imaging of hard targets, wind energy management and site optimization, commercial airport environmental management and wake vortex detection and avoidance.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Chemical/Environmental (see also Biological Health/Life Support)
Infrared
Interferometric (see also Analysis)
Lasers (Guidance & Tracking)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Lasers (Measuring/Sensing)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Ranging/Tracking

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