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Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar to Fly on Masten Rocket in 2020 under NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program

March 26, 2020

HAMPTON, VIRGINIA—Psionic today announced that Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar has been selected to fly aboard a Masten rocket in early 2020 under NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar is designed to improve the safety and accuracy of landings and dockings. The test flight is the next step in demonstrating the maturity of the technology before flights of landers that will take place in next few years.

“Under this NASA program, we are able to collect and validate sensor data on velocity and ranging,” explained Diego Pierrottet, Chief Systems Engineer at Psionic. “This will also help us determine the optimal geometry and angle of beams in order to mitigate plume and dust interference.”

According to the NASA announcement, “These flights will expose the payloads to the rigors and characteristics of spaceflight at lower cost and risk than orbital missions. They also give researchers the data they need to refine and mature their innovations for possible infusion into NASA missions to the Moon and beyond.”

Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar is currently being evaluated by organizations in the US and abroad who are planning missions to the moon.

The test flight is expected to take place in early 2020. A datasheet and more information on Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar is available at

About Psionic

Psionic Doppler Lidar provides advanced perception for Space exploration and autonomous vehicles, and leap-ahead capabilities for a broad range of Defense applications. The company was founded in 2016 by engineers and scientists who have been working on Doppler Lidar for more than a decade. More information about the company is at

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