Precision measurement for rendezvous and proximity operations Precision navigation without GPS for rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft Active safety and precision navigation for fleets Precision navigation for docking and redocking Advanced navigation without GPS for ground vehicles Precision navigation for mission critical UAS operations GPS-independent localization in complex environments Precision navigation for landing on planetary bodies Precision navigation in contested areas for ground vehicles Navigation in complex operations for fixed-wing aircraft Improved safety for industry Precision navigation for docking and berthing Stealth navigation for support & ISR aircraft without GPS Precision vehicle state for distressed road conditions

Navigation Doppler Lidar was pioneered by NASA to ensure safe, precise landings on other planets. We’ve built on that heritage and are pioneering new applications both here on Earth—from battlefields to factories to highways—and in Space.

Psionic Technology

Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar is built on technology NASA developed over the last two decades to create Navigation Doppler Lidar for landing on planetary bodies. Psionic has taken this further, improving the performance and reducing the size, weight, and power, and identifying dozens of proprietary new applications in Space, Defense and Consumer/Industrial markets.
The ability to precisely range, track and discriminate targets with precision and at near and medium range enables many more advanced applications that span from navigation without GPS to targeting, object detection, situational awareness and perception—applications for today’s world and tomorrow’s.

Psionic technology and application development

NASA Langley Research Center testing a new triple-pulse lidar
1960s – 1970s – 1980s – 1990s
NASA Langley experiments with lasers and lidar.

< NASA Langley Research Center testing a new triple-pulse lidar (NASA)

2008
Building on decades of laser and lidar expertise at Langley Research Center, NASA develops 1st Generation Navigation Doppler LIDAR (NDL) System, proving concept in aircraft tests.

< Gen 1 NDL Proof of Concept Testing

2010
NASA tests 2nd Generation Navigation Doppler LIDAR (NDL) System Lunar Landing Sensor Suite.

< Gen 2 NDL Sensor Suite Testing

2014
NASA tests the 3rd Generation Navigation Doppler LIDAR (NDL) System on Project MORPHEUS, a project to develop a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle.

< NASA Project MORPHEUS Testing

2016
Psionic is founded by former NASA senior executive Steve Sandford, Chief Technology Officer, and NASA senior engineer Diego Pierrottet, Chief Systems Engineer and licenses patents from NASA to develop commercial applications.
2017
NASA’s Navigation Doppler LIDAR (NDL) System (3rd Generation) is tested on Masten Space Systems COBALT moon lander.

< NASA COBALT Test Flight

2017
Operational range testing conducted at Langley Air Force Base. 
Low-power 1.5km distance test (30mW, 0.5″ optics).

< Gen 3 Range Tests

2018
Psionic opens headquarters in Hampton, Virginia.
2019
Psionic bench-tests 4th generation Navigation Doppler LIDAR System (NDL) with superior performance.
Successful test of Psionic Doppler Lidar for CUAS target discrimination at China Lake.

< Gen 4 Psionic NDL Bench Tests

2020
Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar to Fly on Masten Rocket in 2020 under NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program
Reductions in SWaP result in a device ~5″ on a side and weighing less than 7 lbs.
Successful short-range and intermediate-range tests of Psionic’s advance navigation technology.