Kodiak 3D Lidar

Kodiak 3D Lidar (GSC-TOPS-212)
Provides low cost and highly reliable 3D lidar images in nearly any lighting condition.
High orbit satellite servicing and planetary science missions are presented with unique challenges, including a harsh environment and long mission life, coupled with the need for long range and high speed and accurate measurements. Conventional systems suffer from high costs of bringing other solutions to market and questionable reliability.

The Technology
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has developed a 3D lidar system that consists of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) beam steering, high performance reconfigurable computing, and an in-depth understanding of systems level integration. Kodiak combines a 3D MEMS scanning lidar with a long range narrow FOV telescope to produce a flexible and capable space flight ranging system. Also included is SpaceCube-level processing power to host a variety of algorithms enabling sensing and 6 degrees of freedom.
Airborne Topographic Mapper wide scan lidar elevation data taken over the USS Constellation
  • Lower cost
  • Higher performance and reliability
  • Reconfigurable
  • Low SWaP
  • Capable of generating 3D imaging in nearly any lighting condition from long ranges

  • Space detection and ranging
  • Proximity laser ranging
  • Autonomous vehicles
Technology Details

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