NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 S1.01-9242
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
PROPOSAL TITLE: Digital Acquisition and Wavelength Control of Seed Laser for Space-Based LIDAR Applications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
ADVR, Inc.
2310 University Way, Building 1-1
Bozeman, MT 59715 - 6504
(406) 522-0388

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Shirley McNeil
2310 University Way, Building #1-1
Bozeman, MT 59715 - 6504
(406) 522-0388

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Betsy Heckel
2310 University Way, Building 1-1
Bozeman, MT 59715 - 6504
(406) 522-0388

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

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?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This SBIR Phase I proposes to establish the feasibility of using a space qualifiable Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based digital controller to autonomously acquire and wavelength lock a tunable seed laser to a specified atomic or molecular reference. Successful development of this technology, due to its compact, efficient, and reliable design, is an important step towards enabling deployment of future space-based high spectral resolution lidar (HSRL) systems for remote sensing systems, as well as improving the autonomous performance of deployed and developing ground and flight-based HSRL systems.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary customer is NASA Langley's High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) program for aerosol and cloud characterization. This system is being considered for the ACE lidar by NASA's ACE Science Working Group because of the higher information content it provides over backscatter lidar on key aerosol optical and microphysical properties. The proposed technology will find multiple uses in other NASA's lidar remote sensing programs, such in altimetry, DIAL lidar, and 3D WINDS where compact, low cost, stabilized single frequency laser sources are required, and also has potential application in spectroscopic measurement techniques.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
In addition to NASA's use in various lidar systems, a digitally controlled, compact, low cost, wavelength stabilized, diode-based seed source can also be applied for systems requiring high frequency stability, such as long path difference interferometery, holography, spectroscopy, and metrology. A compact frequency stabilized seed laser source may find use in fiber and free-space communications where rapid, moderate power phase modulation is required. Medical applications that may benefit from this technology include medical imaging and phase-modulation fluorimetry in bioprocess and clinical monitoring. A number of commercial lidar or lidar-like systems will benefit from the insertion of this technology, including environmental and pollution monitoring, floodplain measurement, land use assessment, bathymetry, robotics and machine vision applications.

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.)
Active Systems
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Lasers (Communication)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Lifetime Testing
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Verification/Validation Tools
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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