Subsidy Tracker Individual Entry

Company: 
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
Parent Company: 
Northrop Grumman
Subsidy Source: 
federal
State in Which Facility Is Located: 
California
Project Description: 

NORTHROP GRUMMAN AEROSPACE SYSTEMS (NGAS) PROPOSES TO BUILD AND DEMONSTRATE AN INTEGRATED PHOTONIC IMAGING INSTRUMENT WHICH PROMISES TO REVOLUTIONIZE SPECTRAL SENSING AND OFFERS A COST EFFECTIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PATH TO FUTURE LAND IMAGING NEEDS AND ARCHITECTURES. THE LANDSAT PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED CRITICAL SENSING OF OUR EARTH FOR OVER 40 YEARS DELIVERING ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS AND UNDERSTANDING OF CHANGING LAND USE TO SCIENTISTS AND USERS AROUND THE WORLD. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE CONTINUE AND EXTEND THESE MEASUREMENTS WITH A SYSTEM THAT IS AFFORDABLE AND RESILIENT FOR FUTURE EARTH IMAGING NEEDS. HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING (HSI) PROMISES ACCESS TO NEW LAND ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES AND DATA PRODUCTS THROUGH THE MEASUREMENT OF IMAGE SCENES AT HIGH SPECTRAL RESOLUTION WHILE MAINTAINING CRITICAL CONTINUITY WITH TRADITIONAL LANDSAT DATA PRODUCTS. THROUGH OUR WORK ON THE SUSTAINABLE LAND IMAGING (SLI) REDUCED INSTRUMENT ENVELOPE STUDY AND THE ESTO NOVEL CONCEPTS FOR SLI STUDY NGAS HAS DEMONSTRATED A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF SLI MISSION INSTRUMENT AND CALIBRATION REQUIREMENTS AND WE HAVE SHOWN THAT A VERSATILE HSI INSTRUMENT CAN MEET SLI INSTRUMENT GOALS. TO ADVANCE PHOTONIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGY NGAS HAS DEVELOPED PROOF-OF-CONCEPT WAVEGUIDE FILTERS AND DETECTORS IN THE SHORTWAVE INFRARED (SWIR) RANGE ON IR&D. UNDER THE BLACK DIAMOND PROGRAM WE ARE IMPLEMENTING FIRST LEVEL INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGY FOR MATING THE WAVEGUIDE FILTERS WITH PHOTODETECTORS. WE WILL LEVERAGE THESE DEVELOPMENTS TO BUILD A PROTOTYPE SLI-T INSTRUMENT THAT REPRESENTS A REVOLUTIONARY STEP FOR LAND IMAGING. OUR OBJECTIVES FOR THE SLI-T ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATIONS PROGRAM ARE TO BUILD AND TEST A NEXT-GENERATION HETEROGENEOUSLY INTEGRATED PHOTONIC INSTRUMENT COVERING TWO SLI BANDS 9 (1.36 1.39 M 3NM RESOLUTION ) AND 6 (1.56 1.66 M 6NM RESOLUTION). TO MAXIMALLY USE EXISTING DESIGNS FOR RAPID PROGRESS WE ARE EXECUTING THE PROTOTYPE INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT ON SWIR WAVELENGTHS. THE PHOTONIC/ELECTRONIC DESIGN MANUFACTURE INTEGRATION AND TEST PROCESSES DEVELOPED FOR THE SWIR ARE DIRECTLY SCALABLE TO THE 0.4 1.0 M VISIBLE NEAR-INFRARED WAVELENGTH RANGE. THE BENEFITS OF USING LITHOGRAPHICALLY PATTERNED PHOTONIC WAVEGUIDE TECHNOLOGY ARE A TOTAL INSTRUMENT MASS AND VOLUME REDUCTION OF ~7X AND ~25X RESPECTIVELY COMPARED TO THE CURRENT MSI APPROACH. IT ENABLES IMAGE ACQUISITION IN SPECTRAL BANDS AND MODES NOT POSSIBLE WITH CURRENT LAND IMAGING INSTRUMENTS BRINGING NEW LAND PRODUCTS TO USERS FROM AN EXTREMELY COMPACT SCALABLE INSTRUMENT. OUR PROPOSED SLI-T EFFORT STARTS WITH OUR EXISTING PHOTONIC DESIGNS. WE WILL OPTIMIZE WAVEGUIDE GEOMETRY DEVELOP THE DETECTOR LAYER AND FABRICATE THE WAVEGUIDES AND DETECTORS. WE WILL IMPLEMENT WAVEGUIDE/DETECTOR INTEGRATION USING OUR DIVERSE ACCESSIBLE HETEROGENEOUS INTEGRATION PROCESS DEVELOPED IN OUR MICROELECTRONICS FOUNDRY. WE WILL ALSO DEVELOP A HIGH-PERFORMANCE CMOS READ-OUT INTEGRATED CIRCUIT (ROIC) CUSTOMIZED FOR INTEGRATION WITH THE WAVEGUIDE AND DETECTOR LAYERS. WE WILL DEMONSTRATE THE INTEGRATION OF MULTIPLE WAVEGUIDE/DETECTOR/ROIC LAYERS INTO A PHOTONIC HSI INSTRUMENT FOR SLI SWIR WAVELENGTH RANGES. THESE LAYERS WILL BE THINNED TO ENABLE STACKING INTO A COMPACT AND MONOLITHIC STRUCTURE. THE INTEGRATED SLI-T INSTRUMENT WILL BE TESTED IN A RELEVANT ENVIRONMENT. NGAS PROPOSES A ONE YEAR PROGRAM WITH OPTIONS FOR YEARS 2-5 TO MATURE THE INSTRUMENT FROM AN ENTRY TRL 3 TO AN EXIT TRL 6 WITH DEFINED YEARLY MILESTONES. OUR INTEGRATED PHOTONIC/MICROELECTRONIC MANUFACTURING USES STANDARDIZED REPEATABLE PROCESSES. ULTIMATELY THESE DEVICES WILL BE RAPIDLY AND INEXPENSIVELY PATTERNED AND REPRODUCED IN LARGE QUANTITIES ENABLING HYPERSPECTRAL DATA ACQUISITION IN MINIATURE PACKAGES AND MODES NOT POSSIBLE WITH CURRENT INSTRUMENTS. SUCH A CAPABILITY OPENS THE FIELD OF IMAGING SPECTROMETRY FROM TRADITIONAL REMOTE SENSING TO LOW COST COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS INCLUDING AGRICULTURE MANUFACTURING BIOMEDICINE AND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS.

Year: 
2018
Major Industry of Parent: 
aerospace and military contracting
Specific Industry of Parent: 
aerospace & military contracting
Subsidy Value: 
$54,107
Program Name: 
NASA Science Grants
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance code: 
43.001
Awarding Agency: 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Type of Subsidy: 
federal grant
Source of Data: 
Notes: 

Year is fiscal year.

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