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Design and Integration for the Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar Project

Project Introduction

NASA and GSFC have awarded an SBIR “Select” Phase 2 effort to develop a scanning lidar transceiver to be part of the new Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar (CAMAL) instrument for use with the ER-2 high altitude aircraft.  This IRAD will fund the efforts required to continue the development of the CAMAL instrument and to ensure that the SBIR “Select” effort will smoothly integrate with the CAMAL instrument.

Technologies Within this Project

Technology Details: Scanning Lidar

This technology is categorized as a hardware subsystem for manned flight

Description of technology:

A brief description of the technology being developed would be a scanning lidar system for use on the NASA ER-2 high altitude aircraft.

Capabilities provided:

The new capabilities provided by this technology would be the scanning lidar system.

Potential applications:

Potential applications for this technology include improved mapping provided by lidar instruments.

Anticipated Benefits

Benefits to NASA funded missions

This project will provide ground validation for the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) which is a lidar system that will be operating while attached to the International Space Station. 

Benefits to NASA unfunded & planned missions

This project will serve as a proof of concept technology for the Aerosol-Cloud-Ecosystem (ACE) mission.

U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

NASA Organizations Performing Work Role Location
  • Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Lead Center Greenbelt, MD
  • Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Supporting Center Greenbelt, MD

U.S. States with Work:

 
U.S. States and Territories with Work on this Project
Arizona Maryland
Other Organizations Performing Work Type of Organization
  • Design Interface Inc.  (Finksburg, MD)
Commercial Company
  • Litespar, Inc.  (Tucson, AZ)
Commercial Company
  • Sigma Space Corporation  (Lanham, MD)
Commercial Company

Organizational Responsibility

Responsible Mission Directorate:

Mission Support Directorate (MSD)

Lead Center:

Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Responsible Program:

Center Independent Research & Developments: GSFC IRAD Program

Project Management

Program Executive:

  • PETER HUGHES

Program Manager:

  • William Cutlip

Project Manager:

  • Matthew Mcgill

Principal Investigator:

  • Vibart Scott

Project Technology Areas

Primary:

  • Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems (TA 8)
    • Remote Sensing Instruments and Sensors (TA 8.1)
    • Lasers (TA 8.1.5)
    • 355 nm, Single-Frequency Pulsed Laser (TA 8.1.5.2)
    • 355 nm, Single-Frequency Pulsed Laser (TA 8.1.5.2)

Secondary:

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (TA 4)

Additional Technology Areas:

  • Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems (TA 8)
    • Remote Sensing Instruments and Sensors (TA 8.1)
    • Remote Sensing Instruments and Sensors (TA 8.1)

Project Duration

Start Date: Oct 2014

End Date: Sep 2016

Project Technology Maturity

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