Single Frequency Lasers for Space-Based Wind and Aerosol Lidar

Period of Performance: 01/01/2008 - 12/31/2008

$99.4K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Array
Herndon, VA 20171
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

This SBIR will develop single frequency cw laser technology for 2um lidar and UV interferometer locking control critical to NASA missions that will measure atmospheric winds and aerosols. NASA recently completed the Earth Science Decadal Study that identified atmospheric global wind and aerosol measurement as high priority missions with recommended satellite deployments within the next decade. Our general approach to this SBIR is to perform proof of concept research that results in optical designs that can be readily integrated into existing flight ready hardware. After Phase 2 we anticipate the technology will readily transfer to NASA mission use. We expect successful completion of the proposed work to increase the TRL from 4 to 5.