NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- S1.01-9132
 Lidar Remote Sensing Technologies
 Frequency Agile Seed Laser for Orbital Doppler-Shift Compensation
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 (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Shirley McNeil
2310 University Way, Building 1-1 Bozeman, MT 59715 - 6504
(406) 522-0388

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) :
Begin: 4
End: 5
Technical Abstract

The overall goal of the SBIR effort is to develop a frequency-agile, stand-alone, space-hardened diode-based seed laser with options for locking and frequency agility to compensate for doppler shift during orbit. This US-manufactured platform will be applicable for seeding next generation Nd:YAG lasers currently being developed for high-priority-designated aerosol missions (single- and multi-channel backscatter), for Explorer missions for trace gas and methane sensing, as well as for future-looking Incubation missions. Under this Phase I effort, AdvR proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of programmable doppler-shift compensation for a compact, diode-based seed laser, as well as to provide a baseline design for a stand-alone, frequency agile, space-qualified system to be built and tested to TRL 6 by the end of the Phase II effort. This technology directly addresses the need for state-of-the-art lidar technology with an emphasis on compactness, efficiency, reliability, lifetime, and high performance, and will advance the accuracy of atmospheric space-based measurements, as described in the NASA SBIR topic S.101 Lidar Remote Lidar Sensing Technologies.

Potential NASA Applications

1) Aerosols/Clouds/Ecosystems Mission (ACE); NASA LaRC (Hostetler, Cook, et al.)

2) High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL); Nasa LaRC (Hostetler, Cook, et al.)

3) Monitoring the Evolving State of Clouds and Aerosols (MESCAL); lidar mission concept under development by NASA LaRC and CNES

4) NASA Langley High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO)

5) Wind Lidar,  NASA/GSFC (Gentry, et al.)

6) DIAL Lidar, NASA/GSFC (Riris, et al.)

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Laser source stabilization

Commercial lidar systems

Single frequency green lasers for underwater imaging

Environmental and pollution monitoring

Fiber and free-space communications

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