NASA Funding Flash Lidar Research - 16/08/2017
NASA has announced the latest recipients from its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which functions as a R&D program for the agency. This year, 19 small research projects received up to $125,000 each, with the promise of up to $725,000 if the projects survive to a second phase.
The list includes such projects as a cardboard drone, improved image processing for landers and rovers, and multispectral imaging. The big project comes from a research company named Fibertek, who are angling to build a FLASH Lidar that will be “an innovative synthesis of key technologies that results in a >3x reduction in the size and >2x increase in the efficiency” of the Lidar sensor used for NASA’s current autonomous landing systems.
These key technologies start with 3D printing to build a lighter weight mechanical structure. On top of that, they plan on using a ring resonator that achieves a large fundamental node.
Proposed uses of this sensor include collecting real-time imaging data for landing, rendezvous, satellite servicing, and proximity applications on future “robotic missions to the Moon and Mars.”Last updated: 23/01/2020