NASA SBIR 2022-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
22-1- S11.04-2589
Subtopic Title:
Sensor and Detector Technologies for Visible, Infrared (IR), Far-IR, and Submillimeter
Proposal Title:
DEPOSITION OF MULTIPLE INFRARED SPECTRAL FILTERS DIRECTLY ON FOCAL PLANE ARRAY

Small Business Concern

   
Firm:
          
QmagiQ
          
   
Address:
          
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, Nashua, NH 03063
          
   
Phone:
          
(603) 821-3092                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Principal Investigator:

   
Name:
          
Mani Sundaram
          
   
E-mail:
          
msundaram@qmagiq.com
          
   
Address:
          
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, NH 03063 - 4219
          
   
Phone:
          
(603) 821-3092                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Business Official:

   
Name:
          
Mani Sundaram
          
   
E-mail:
          
msundaram@qmagiq.com
          
   
Address:
          
22 Cotton Road, Unit H, Suite 180, NH 03063 - 4219
          
   
Phone:
          
(603) 821-3092                                                                                                                                                                                
          

Summary Details:

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

NASA instruments like the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on LANDSAT-8 and -9 feature multiple infrared focal plane arrays (FPAs) integrated with several spectral filters to provide satellite-based push-broom multi-spectral imaging of planet Earth. A key drawback is the use of discrete filters that need special hardware for stabilization (to survive a rocket launch) and precision alignment to within microns of the FPAs, adding weight to an assembly that has to be cooled by a large cryocooler for cryogenic operation. A more elegant solution is to deposit thin-film filters directly on a single large-format FPA, lightening the package, making it more reliable optically, and drastically improving the size, weight, reliability, and mission life of the cryocooler.

In Phase I, we propose to develop and demonstrate such a solution, a key challenge being to achieve the demanding passband requirements of such filters. In Phase II, we will develop and deliver a camera featuring a large-format FPA with multiple spectral filters deposited on it that will provide NASA with greater ground resolution in a smaller and lighter package than current multi-spectral sensors in use.

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

1) LANDSAT Thermal InfraRed Sensor (TIRS)
2) Infrared sounding
3) Detection, tracking and chemical analysis of fires and gas leaks
4) Mapping and analysis of forests and vegetation
5) Space-based astronomy, e.g. future versions of the Spitzer Space Telescope
6) Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO)
7) BOReal Ecosystem Atmosphere Study (BOREAS)
8) Other infrared earth observing missions
9) Atmospheric mapping
10) Pollution chemistry

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

1) Gas leak detection and identification for the petrochemical, gas, and mining industries
2) Crop health monitoring and analysis
3) Missile detection for countermeasures systems
4) Thermography
5) Product inspection for pharmaceutical and agricultural industries
6) Security and surveillance

          
          
     
Duration:     6
          
          

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