July 2014: Fibertek Kicks-off Five Advanced Technology SBIRs

DOD Phase I SBIR: Dual Mode Seeker/Sensor – LADAR/RF
This SBIR will study packaging and design tradeoffs needed to design a cost-effective compact dual mode RF/LADAR seeker head. The primary emphasis will be on the LADAR design portion of the seeker, as RF seeker design is mature. Emphasis will also be on integration of the LADAR/RF subsystems and the handoff protocol between the two sensors.

DOD Phase I SBIR: Near Real -Time Processing Techniques for Generation of Integrated Data Products
This Phase I SBIR will develop a concept for a system architecture and associated algorithms to produce near real-time data products similar to those currently available in non real-time systems. The target application is a queued LIDAR system. This SBIR will address hardware, firmware and software requirements needed for such a system.

NASA Phase II SBIR: Fiber MOPA for Ascends
In this SBIR program Fibertek will design, optimize, evaluate and develop a prototype high-power, high wall-plug efficiency, 1571 nm fiber-amplifier laser transmitter, compatible with multi-line cw intensity-modulated integrated-path differential absorption spectroscopy. Size, weight and power (SWaP) will be optimized for airborne missions while supporting a space-qualifiable roadmap for Earth Venture (2015) and ASCENDS missions. We will leverage innovations in high-power 1.5 micron fiber-optic technology and fiber-amplifier architecture using high-reliability 1.5 micron silica-fiber based passive/active components. At the completion of this Phase II, a TRL-6 level hardware will be delivered for an airborne mission.

NASA Phase II SBIR: Laser Sources for Methane and Ozone Sensing for Earth Observation Science
This Phase IIe SBIR will build and deliver a tunable single-frequency laser operating in the 1.645 micron region on optimum CH4 absorption line features. Under this program an all-solid-state parametric-converted laser will be delivered to NASA LaRC which will be suitable for acquiring range-resolved and column CH4 measurements, and compatible with integration into a future airborne methane DIAL system. Due to its relative insensitivity to aerosol and cloud interferences, a DIAL system based on this pulsed laser source will be ideal for investigating high-latitude CH4 releases over polar ice sheets, permafrost regions, wetlands and open ocean. The methane lidar system also has commercial applications such as the detection of fossil fuel leaks. This SBIR will advance the laser system to TRL5.

NASA Phase II SBIR: Solid State Transmitters for Water Vapor and Ozone DIAL Systems
Fibertek has developed a common architecture for wavelength converters for both water vapor and ozone DIAL applications The focus of this Select Phase II program is to build and deliver laser components for airborne water vapor and ozone DIAL systems. Fibertek will deliver the following prototype systems:
1) A complete water vapor DIAL transmitter with single-line output, tunable over the 936 nm water vapor line,
2) A wavelength converter for ozone DIAL compatible with the GOLD (Global Ozone Lidar Demonstrator) pump laser, with an output on two lines between 300 and 320 nm.