Sigma Technology as Public Safety: Nasa Spinoff 2016

NASA Spinoff Magazine annually highlights successful technology transfer from various companies in the form of agency missions, products and services. Along with the full story highlighting Sigma Space history and technology, NASA Spinoff Magazine also included Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) in their Public Safety section, a separate mention to how our innovative SPL technology provides information in hostile environments to identify public safety measures for NASA as well as the commercial market.

Follow the link for full story (page 4, #16) https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2016/pdf/2016_Brochure_web.pdf

Sigma is proud to offer technology that quickly and efficiently maps ground features, tree canopies, and a set of diverse of other applications for a variety of clients. For more information please log onto our website http://www.sigmaspace.com/ or email us at spl@sigmaspace.com for inquiries about how our Single Photon LiDAR Technology can assist you.


NASA Spinoff Magazine on Sigma’s History and Technology


Sigma Space history and technology dates back from half a century of satellite laser ranging through the participation of our now Chief Scientist, Dr. John Degnan, in NASA’s world’s first laser satellite ranging experiment in the early 1960’s. Through the years at NASA and as Dr. Degnan successfully developed laser ranging accuracy proposing in 1994 the SLR2000 system, a single-photon sensitive satellite ranging system it then occurred to him to question trying to reverse the direction of laser ranging.  In 2003, Dr. Degnan joined Sigma and the further development of 3D-imaging LiDAR ensued.

Sigma Space has a long rich history of technology transfer with NASA. Click on the following link for the full story: https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2016/ps_6.html

For more information about Sigma Space, please visit our website at http://www.sigmaspace.com or email us at SPL@sigmaspace.com for more information on our Single Photon LiDAR Technology.


What is in our air?

Growing concerns globally of what exactly is in the air we breathe is making many question and wonder that what the naked eye can see is definitely not a key indicator as to what we are inhaling. As governments and residents alike take on a healthy way of living from what we consume to how we combat the effects of external factors, air quality is at the forefront forcing agencies to implement immediate action to determine what is in the air, measure those particles, and monitoring levels.

The World Bank recently released The Little Green Data Book, which categorizes country particle pollution levels (PPM) in regards to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended guidelines.  As some countries disagree with the WHO report, the greater concern apart from these findings is how to debunk the reports and the negative impact it may be creating in other aspects such as tourism and expatriate residents residing in these countries.  Click the following links for related articles: http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21657805-does-united-arab-emirates-really-have-dirtiest-air-world-dust-up


Our Micro Pulse Lidar (MPL), currently operating in many countries all over the world, have been  providing atmospheric measurements and monitoring for over a decade.  Our MPL is assisting several government agencies in monitoring air quality from plumes generated by industrial locations, aerosols and other pollutants from vehicles and trucks, and many more applications.  For more information about our Micro Pulse Lidar and a full map of where we are currently assisting in monitoring air quality, please visit our website http://www.micropulselidar.com/ and for full country list http://www.micropulselidar.com/mpl-stations.html .





Meet our Chief Science Officer

At Sigma, our team members are constantly traveling, diving deep into new projects, or busy creating/building innovative products that the public rarely gets to know the roots of our exceptional team members.

For those who haven’t come across Phil DeCola at a conference or at talks all over the world, we would like to let the public in on getting to know our staff- valuable and expert members growing and making Sigma who we are today.

Follow the link below to an article published in APS Physics, APS News (www.aps.org) recognizing Phil DeCola and other individuals on their contributions on the study of the planet.


Looking for a Junior Programmer/Analyst to join our team!

Sigma Space is seeking a Junior Programmer/Analyst to join our team supporting Geophysics, Geodynamics and Space Geodesy (GGSG) on the NASA Goddard campus.  This position will support the ATLAS Instrument Support Facility (ISF) working to develop STOL operating procedures for the ground and the instrument and install and test updated versions of the project database.

Duties include:

  • Support the development and maintenance of software throughout the life-cycle process
  • Analyze requirements and generate software requirements
  • Develop preliminary and detailed software designs
  • Develop software code from designs
  • Maintain unit development folders
  • Coordinate software testing
  • Perform maintenance and modification of software
  • Develop and maintain documentation
  • Perform support such as QA and CM; specific tools and methodologies may be required
  • Develop real-time and offline telemetry and command operating procedures
  • Generate new STOL procedures; modify SPOCC ground system and ATLAS I&T STOL procedures
  • Participate in peer review
  • Testing at the support facility


  • Bachelors degree in computer science or related discipline or equivalent knowledge and experience
  • Up to four years of experience in scientific programming
  • Proficient with Python, GIS, MATLAB, UNIX, IDL
  • Able to obtain a NASA badge meet NASA IT security requirements
  • 2-3 years experience with ITOS


  • Algorithm optimization experience and skills and a working knowledge of relational databases
  • Good communication skills

To apply: Visit our website http://www.sigmaspace.com and click on the careers tab and submit your documents online. We look forward to hearing from you! http://www.sigmaspace.com/careers

Sigma Space is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to national origin (including ancestry), race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or sex, including pregnancy and childbirth,  or other pregnancy-related condition or any other legally protected characteristic.


Come join our team!

We want to meet you!

Sigma Space is seeking a Program Manager to lead our Micro Pulse LiDAR team in program management, product line management and business development.  The Micro Pulse LiDAR product family from Sigma Space offers the most versatile laser remote sensors for aerosol and cloud profiling. Equipped with the most sensitive single photon-counting technology, these LiDARs are in use worldwide for aerosol research, planetary boundary layer observation, air-quality monitoring and forecasting.


Program Management
Responsible for ensuring products meet customer and corporate specifications and are delivered on time to customers all over the world.

Maintain awareness of international LiDAR requirements.

Versed in US government contract requirements.

Compile budgets, provide profit & loss and financial reports as well as audit support for R&D and inventory.

Familiar with customs and shipping requirements and delivery logistics.

Ensure national and international compliance with agencies such as FAA, FDA, ANSI (US), CE (Europe), IEC (Europe).

Coordinate and track warranties and unit upgrades.

Business Development

Grow business opportunities to new markets and develop sales pipeline and customer referrals.

Provide support for exhibitions, trade shows, conferences.

Understand customer requirements to create quotes, proposals and manage contracts.

Systems Engineering

Provide technical support during product manufacturing and installation by applying knowledge of scientific data, Matlab, and C/C++ data handling.

Minimum Requirements

Seven years of experience in program management and business development with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or related field.

Experience with product line management.

For more information and how to apply please click on the following link and submit your supporting documents online. http://www.sigmaspace.com/careers

Sigma Space is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to national origin (including ancestry), race, color, religion, creed, age, disability, marital status, military status, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, or sex, including pregnancy and childbirth, or other pregnancy-related condition or any other legally protected characteristic.


Sigma In the News: Defense Electronics Magazine

While we may be known for our commercial line of atmospheric lidars, Micro Pulse Lidar (www.micropulselidar.com) and all the additional components available to measure various applications or by our Single Photon Lidar (http://www.sigmaspace.com/single-photon-lidar) a state of the art technology providing high-resolution 3D mapping- Sigma also prides itself in providing the technology on smaller scales as well.

Our team of exceptional engineers have built a Rugged Portable Memory Connector that is protected from the elements and functions under shock and vibration particularly in airborne platforms at 60,000 ft. Sigma partnered with ATEK Access Technologies and utilized the RUGGEDrive™ memory token (http://datakey.com/products/ruggedrive)for the memory storage medium, and embedded their receptacle in an easy to mount military connector.

In the course of building specialized science instruments or providing these services, we often design useful building blocks for our needs when available solutions are not adequate.  We stock many of these items in small quantities and make them commercially available for sale to customers.  Products are generally designed for ruggedized, 532nm wavelength,  laser-based science instruments that fly in high altitude (60,000 ft), fixed wing, aircraft.  Products include:

  • Ruggedized portable memory storage for easy retrieval of science data after a flight
  • Electronics that count and histogram time correlated laser return events (multi-channel scaler, or MCS) for building up signals in the presence of noise
  • Laser pulse pick-off cards that detect the outgoing laser light pulse
  • Low skew distribution of the signal pulse from the outgoing laser
  • Laser energy monitors often used to calibrate the outgoing laser pulse energy
  • High impedance buffers for instrument temperatures data to be sent to an A/D converter
  • Opto-isolators for interfacing with noisy aircraft signals
  • Communication protocol translators

For additional information and/or product inquiries, please contact Roman Machan at +1 301.552.6055 or via email at productinfo@sigmaspace.com.

Image and full story can be found on  www.defenseelectronicsmag.com.




Antarctica Gaining Ice: Sigma Space’s involvement

In an article published by the Journal of Glaciology on Friday, researchers at NASA Goddard and Sigma Space show new analysis of satellite data showing a substantial gain of ice. The ICESat-2 mission will continue to measure changes  on a long-term basis in Antarctica.  To read more about Sigma’s involvement and technology on ICESat-2, please visit: http://www.sigmaspace.com/aerospace-instruments

Journal of Glaciology article is available at: http://docserver.ingentaconnect.com/deliver/fasttrack/igsoc/00221430/j15j071_1446132589095.pdf?expires=1446501215&id=guest&checksum=205EA474D12EF82A3655B0736BBB9B93


The growing LiDAR Market

In a recent study by MarketsandMarkets http://www.marketsandmarkets.com, the LiDAR Market is on a steady growth with an estimated market worth of $1 Billion by 2020. (Read the full article here: http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/lidar.asp ) Developments within the LiDAR market and advancement in technologies have enabled high-resolution data collection from high elevations, such as Sigma’s Single Photon LiDAR which collects 3D high-resolution data from altitudes above 25,000 ft.

There are several factors that differentiate Sigma’s Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) from traditional Geiger-mode technology.  Single Photon LiDAR systems operate at up to 3.2 Megapixels per second.  This multistop detection capability is a significant upgrade from other single photon lidar sensors such as Geiger-mode.  The combination of ultra short recovery time and multistop event timers enables SPL systems to operate in full daylight and permit multiple returns building point densities and collecting massive amounts of data- up to 3.2 million pixels per second.  As Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) defines its own position within the LiDAR market, it is sure to revolutionize how industries explore and map out the world.

SPL has the added advantage of providing customers topographic/bathymetric capabilities penetrating water to significant depths.  Unique customer solutions include improving industry processes and project modeling ideal for industries such as Utilities, Road & Highway Construction, Urban Planning, Forestry, Carbon Monitoring, Emergency Management, Floodplain Management and many more.

To learn more visit our website at http://www.sigmaspace.com or email us with questions and/or inquiries at SPL@sigmaspace.com.



GEOINT 2016: May 15-18, 2016

As we near the last quarter of 2015, we are focused on 2016 and all the new Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) data we will bring to the public. We secured our attendance and booth for GEOINT 2016 taking place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando,Florida May 15-18, 2016 (May 15-18 Symposium, May 16-18 Trade Show) so mark your calendars!

Our advanced SPL technology has enabled timely and efficient LiDAR acquisitions for our customers and we’re excited to present our data sets and discuss what our collection speed, resolution, and seamless coverage can do for you and your projects.

This year we’ll be in the New Member Showcase section, booth #1515. We’re looking forward to once again be part of an amazing show focused on providing the very best in geospatial solutions.

Stay tuned for more Sigma updates!  For questions or inquiries, contact us at SPL@sigmaspace.com and visit our website at http://www.sigmaspace.com. #geoint #geoint2016