NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 S3.05-8747
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Guidance, Navigation and Control
PROPOSAL TITLE: Compact Ultrasensitive Erbium-doped Waveguide Optical Gyros

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Freedom Photonics, LLC
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Gordon Morrison
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900 Extension :7001

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Milan Mashanovitch
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900 Extension :7003

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 2
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Guidance, Navigation and Control 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)
In this program, we propose to develop a new photonic-integration platform that incorporates optical gain in resonant waveguide optical gyroscopes. This new photonic integration platform is based on our existing low-loss SiN/SiO2 PLC photonic integration technology and incorporates a doped Aluminum Oxide layer for gain. One key resonant waveguide optical gyro design constraint is the relationship between the waveguide length, which can increase the Sagnac effect, and waveguide loss, which decreases the gyro resolution. Freedom Photonics' low loss SiN PLC platform is clearly an adequate path forward for record-breaking Gyro performance. With introduction of gain into the PLC, new possibilities arise for enhanced sensitivity, simplified control electronics, and ultra compact and robust designs.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary focus of this program is to provide high-performance low c-SWaP optical gyroscopes to NASA for evaluation on the ISS. The program goal is the integration of these small and lightweight sensors into space subsystems, pico satellites, and space vehicles.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Other Government organizations: UAVs, UUVs and Unmanned Land Vehicles, Gimbal and turret stabilization, Emergency and firefighter vehicle navigation. Commercial applications: Vehicle navigation and safety devices (business and private vehicles), Surveying, Smart phones, and Computer games.

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.)
Lasers (Guidance & Tracking)
Materials & Structures (including Optoelectronics)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Navigation & Guidance

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