NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 S1.07-8291
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Airborne Measurement Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Optical System for Atmospheric Particle Measurement

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MetroLaser, Inc.
22941 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - 1215
(949) 553-0688

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Cecil F. Hess
22941 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - 1215
(949) 553-0688 Extension :223

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ms. Christina Arnold
22941 Mill Creek Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - 1215
(949) 553-0688 Extension :241

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Airborne Measurement Systems 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)
To measure the broad size range of 0.1 micron to 200 micron, we propose an optical instrument that combines two techniques: Forward scattering light intensity (FSLI) and digital holography (DH). FSLI will provide the size and concentration of particles in the 0.1 to 5 micron range while DH will provide the size, concentration and shape of particles larger than 5 micron. Accurate measurements with FSLI rely on precisely knowing the intensity of the illumination beam at the position of the particle. An innovative fiber optic bundle will select for measurement the particles that cross the very center of the illumination beam where the intensity is uniform and known. The proposed DH strategy will employ small CCD with fast data transfer to enable continued scanning of the atmosphere over many meters or even hundreds of meters. Both technologies will employ small, low power components making them suitable for UAV operation. The Phase I work will include modeling and experimental demonstrations culminating with the conceptual design of a field prototype system.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Applications include the characterization of particles in the Earth atmosphere as well as environmental sensing of planetary and lunar missions. Other NASA applications include characterizing liquid water content in icing facilities, and measuring fuel spray distributions associated with gas turbines and other propulsion systems.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial applications include measuring bioaerosols (e.g. pollen, molds), characterizing droplet size and concentration in agricultural sprays, fire sprinklers, ink jet printers, diesel injectors, and numerous food processes. Military applications include vertical takeoff aircraft inlet protection and ground base vehicle dust detection (e.g., tanks).

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.)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Interferometric (see also Analysis)
Lasers (Measuring/Sensing)
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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