The development of the proposed Sense and Avoid sensor suite is directly applicable to the operation of high altitude unmanned vehicles that are/will be used in supporting NASA missions. The need for such Sense and Avoid systems to enable autonomous operations is recognized in the SBIR solicitation under topic S3.04. The large volume and highly accurate 3D mapping capabilities enabled by the proposed advanced receiver technology could aid in missions requiring autonomous landing.
Autonomous operations of unmanned air systems in the National Air Space is a recognized need across the spectrum of US, State , and Local government organizations for such needs as air system development and testing, crop surveys, surface mapping, police and other security related functions. These needs extend directly into the civil sector of the US economy. Of particular interest are the autonomous landing capabilities of rotary wing vehicles enabled by this technology.