NASA SBIR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 19-1- Z7.01-3556
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Entry Descent & Landing Sensors for Environment Characterization, Vehicle Performance, and Guidance, Navigation and Control
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Non-Mechanical Dual-Mode Beam Control System for LiDARs
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
BEAM Engineering for Advanced Measurements
1300 Lee Road
Orlando, FL 32810- 5851
(407) 734-5222

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Anna Tabirian
E-mail:
anna@beamco.com
Address:
1300 Lee Rd. Orlando, FL 32810 - 5851
Phone:
(407) 734-5222

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Nelson Tabirian
E-mail:
nelson@beamco.com
Address:
1300 Lee Rd. Orlando, FL 32810 - 5851
Phone:
(407) 734-5222
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

The objective of the proposal is exploring an opportunity for developing a versatile beam control system for LiDARs with both Doppler and time-of-flight measurement capability for enhanced navigation precision and reliability. New generation optics and electro-optics capabilities will be studied, adapted and customized to prove the feasibility of new generation LIDARs that could combine Doppler principles for object velocity measurements, and time-of-flight principles for direct altitude measurements. The system will be characterized by: 1) absence of mechanically moving parts, 2) a few millimeter thick planar structure even for large aperture sizes, 3) weighing grams only, 4) consuming a few milliwatts of electrical power, 5) controlled with voltages as small as 10V, 6) with millisecond, potentially, microsecond switching speeds, 7) ability to adapt to a wide range of ambient temperatures, and 8) resistance to mechanical shock and dust. The technology will enhance the dynamic range due to large area capability using thin and planar diffractive waveplate optics for controlling key propagation properties of both pulsed and cw laser beams. The Phase 1 objective is to develop the architectures and demonstrate feasibility of such a beam control system for the parameter range to be met for space vehicle landing applications.

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

Compact, low SWaP, non-mechanical, hence, robust, LiDARs with reliable and fast data acquisition capability that meet requirements for a space landing vehicle could be used for other NASA missions including asteroid flybys, swarms of cubesats, etc. due to higher precision guidance and navigation systems. Further developments would  allow wind sensing and topology characterization functionalities for space craft.

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

Numerous non-NASA applications include auto-navigation systems for cars, drones, and robots. DoD may particularly be interested in UAV applications.

Duration: 6

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