NASA SBIR 2018-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-2- Z7.01-1603
 Entry Descent & Landing Sensors for Environment Characterization, Vehicle Performance, and Guidance, Navigation and Control
 Common and Configurable Flash LIDAR Sensor for Space-Based Autonomous Landing, Rendezvous, and Docking Missions
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Advanced Scientific Concepts, LLC
135 East Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-3331

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
William Johnson
135 East Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - 1674
(805) 966-3331

BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Brad Short
135 East Ortega Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 - 1674
(805) 966-3331

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

The Phase I program identified a feasible 320x320, 75um pitch, 60 Hz frame rate Flash LIDAR focal plane array (FPA) and High Energy Laser design configurations which have the ability able a space global shutter flash LIDAR camera which satisfies NASA’s Common, Configurable, Flash LIDAR performance goals. The Phase II program plans to design, fabricate and FPA and laser test vehicles to demonstrate key functional and performance parameters associated with small 75um pitch FPA unit cells and 1064nm, 100mJ, 5ns pulse width Q-switched MOPA laser operating at a 60Hz frame rate. The reference FPA and laser designs are refined using the test vehicle measured data.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Dragon Fly: A mission to explore Saturn’s moon Titan. Mapping, and landing hazard avoidance.

Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Mission (CAESAR): A mission to return a comet sample. Landing Hazard Avoidance.

Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Program: Commercial lunar landers. Landing Hazard Avoidance.

Modular Space Vehicle (MSV): Space Situational Awareness.

Autonomous Satellite Servicing-Proximal spacecraft operation.

Commercial Crew: Manned proximal spacecraft operation.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Army Autonomous Ground Vehicle Navigation

Wearable Flash LIDAR for enhance situational awareness

Autonomous aerial refueling

Nanosat Launch Tracking

Commercial and Military Satellite servicing.

Real Time 3D mapping

Manned Airborne navigation sensor

Duration: 24

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