Market Assessment for Underwater LIDAR Platform

Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to develop an underwater analogue to its atmospheric LIDAR systems. This underwater laser-based sensing system, to be named Pequod, will provide depth-resolved measurements of ocean temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll biomass, and dissolved organic matter classification with a common laser and receiver. The aim of the Phase I effort will be to modify our existing LIDAR simulation software to account for the ocean environment and then explore the design trade space to identify and design a LIDAR system best suited to making precise depth-resolved measurements of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll biomass, and dissolved organic matter classification with a ship-mounted instrument that can deliver real-time data products to end users.

NOAA will benefit by receiving a new technology for oceanographic research, one based on proven land-based LIDAR technology. Other potential customers for similar data for research include universities and oceanographic institutes, the US Navy (particularly the Office of Naval Research), and other state and federal environmental agencies. Extending atmospheric LIDAR to the ocean realm will likely lead to unanticipated applications as research progresses.

Michigan Aerospace would like to engage The SearchLite to conduct a market assessment for the Pequod technology platform. There are two primary objectives of the market assessment. The first objective is to acquire information needed for the Commercialization Plan Section of the NOAA SBIR Grant Application. The second objective is to work with the client to write and integrate the Commercialization Plan and Pro-forma P&L for the NOAA SBIR Grant Application. The key objective of the research is to identify and make early connections with industry organizations with commercial interest in Pequod.

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