In addition to the remote sensing application, a fast, low-SWaP beam scanner could be used in NASAs hazard avoidance applications (Docking, Entry, Descent and Landing). The result of the Phase I effort will be a design for a prototype fast, low SWaP beam scanner. The Phase II prototype implementation will serve to demonstrate the beam scanning capability, environmental survivability, as well as optimize SWaP. The resultant beam control system will be transitioned to the Lidar systems integrator and eventually a commercial product.
Possible commercial applications include the use of this technology for agricultural and meteorological information gathering as well as search and rescue.