NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- Z5.03-5072
 Payload Technologies for Free-Flying Robots
 Versatile 3D Imager for Human/Spacecraft Monitoring
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107
Lafayette , CO 80026-8878
(303) 604-0077

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steve Serati
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark Tanner
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026 - 8878
(303) 604-0077
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 3
Technical Abstract

The proposed effort is to develop a high-definition (HD) 3D imager that provides in real-time high-resolution point cloud data over a wide angle for monitoring human activity from a free-flying robot platform.  The objective is to build a compact sensor package that meets the low size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements of the application.   The 3D sensor will provide better than 1cm by 1cm by 1cm resolution over a 60-degree by 45-degree field of regard at a standoff distance of 10 meters or more.  This 3D imaging capability is achieved using a unique electro-optic step and stare scanner that provides the largest angle-aperture product of any non-mechanical scanning technology. 

Potential NASA Applications

The proposed low-SWaP HD 3D imager will have application in many NASA missions needing real-time 3D information such as fixing and refueling spacecraft, autonomous vision-based guidance and control for robotic systems, internal/external spacecraft inspection, 3D environmental mapping and hazard avoidance for autonomous land, air and sea vehicles.


Potential Non-NASA Applications

The proposed HD 3D imager has numerous commercial applications.  The platform can provide a low-SWaP package for hazard/collision avoidance for autonomous automobiles and unmanned vehicles, which is currently gathering a lot of interest in the commercial sector.   Other potential large markets are 3D imaging for autonomous robotics (factory automation), noncontact structure analysis, topographical mapping and gesture recognition for augmented reality systems.



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