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3D Flash LIDAR Space Laser

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3D Flash LIDAR Space Laser
Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC) is a small business, which has developed a compact, eye-safe 3D Flash LIDARTM Camera (FLC) well suited for real-time spacecraft trajectory, speed, orientation measurements relative to the planet's surfaces and evaluating potential hazards during the critical landing sequence. Data collected using ASC's FLC at JPL's Mars Yard and in NASA ALHAT flight tests demonstrated that ASC Flash LIDAR system can meet the requirements for Entry Descent and Landing (EDL). Aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery(STS-133), SpaceX and ASC demonstrated the DragonEye Autonomous Rendezvous and Docking (AR&D) Flash LIDAR solution in low earth orbit, the first Flash LIDAR in space. ASC has developed the core technology for Flash LIDAR with its 3D-FPA hybrid and would like to work with NASA to further enhance the functionality of the 3D sensor by developing a space qualified laser for Flash LIDAR. ASC is proposing to investigate packaging approaches that will increase the hardness of the laser and will create a preliminary concept for improved power stability and thermal management for the complete sensor. More »

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