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Company Information:

Name: Space Photonics, Inc.
Address: 700 Research Center Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR
Located in HUBZone: No
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
Phone: (479) 856-6367

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,088,899.00 22
SBIR Phase II $7,849,950.00 12
STTR Phase I $99,953.00 1

Award List:

Spaceworthy 2.488 Gbps IEEE 1393 Fiber Optic Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant
Award Amount: $149,263.00

Ultra-High Bandwidth Spaceborne Fiber Optic Data Links

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant, Project Manager
Award Amount: $69,980.00

Spaceworthy 2.488 Gbps IEEE 1393 Fiber Optic Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Chalfant
Award Amount: $700,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Chalfant, President/CEO
Award Amount: $70,000.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant, Project Manager
Award Amount: $0.00

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant, Project Manager
Award Amount: $593,994.00

A Modular Miniature Satellite Laser Communications Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant, President/CEO
Award Amount: $99,964.00
Abstract:
For this Phase I SBIR proposal, Space Photonics puts forth highly innovativesolutions for multi-access satellite clusters using our proposed miniature modularfree-space laser communications transceiver subsystem. By virtue of our uniquedevice and application specific designs, our laser cross-link… More

A Monolithic Uncooled Ultraviolet/Infrared Detector Array Capability

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT
Principal Investigator: Geoff W. Taylor, Professor
Award Amount: $99,953.00
RI Contact: Regina Smith
Abstract:
An optoelectronic integrated circuit combines intersubband infrared and wide bandgap ultraviolet absorption in one pixel with an integrated output. Currently, QWIPs employ a doped multiquantum well structure sandwiched between n+ type contacts. Thequantum barrier limited dark current flow… More

A Modular Miniature Satellite Laser Communictions Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles H. Chalfant, President/CEO
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
For this Phase II proposal, Space Photonics puts forth highly innovative solutions for multi-access spacecraft clusters using our proposed miniature modular free space laser communications transceiver subsystem. Our innovation uses MEMs technology todirect and acquire laser crosslink signals. This… More

SBIR Phase I: All Optical Switch Based On The Photorefractive Nonlinear Rugate Effect

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant
Award Amount: $99,999.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to put forth a highly innovative all-optical solid-state photonic switch based on an optically controlled nonlinear photo-refractive rugate structure. This innovation provides for a new and effective switching solution for… More

Intelligent Free Space Optical Communications Node

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fred J. Orlando, Chief Technology Officer
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Intelligent Free Space Optical Communications Node is an autonomous, free space optical, inter-satellite communications node that can intelligently locate, establish a link, and communicate with any other satellite in the network using adaptiveprotocol and gateway technologies. Innovations… More

Intelligent Free Space Optical Communications Node

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fred Orlando
Award Amount: $749,294.00
Abstract:
The Intelligent Free Space Optical Communications Node (IntelNode) is an autonomous, free space optical, inter-satellite communications node that can intelligently locate, establish a link, and communicate with other satellites in the network using adaptive protocol and gateway technologies.… More

Optical Communication Turrets for Highly Mobile Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant, PI/Pres/CEO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Photonics Incorporated proposes an extremely miniature, low power, high speed, optical communications turret utilizing a unique system design requiring no gimballing. This technology and design enables optical communications turrets specifically for UAV/satellite/space vehicle applications to… More

Optical Communication Turrets for Highly Mobile Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Charles Chalfant, President/CEO/PI
Award Amount: $750,000.00
Abstract:
Space Photonics proposes a miniature, low power, high speed, optical communications turret utilizing a unique system design requiring no gimballing. This technology and design enables optical communications turrets specifically for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other airborne vehicle… More

Performance Enhanced Managed FPGA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Fred Orlando, Executive VP/CTO
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
The Managed FPGA is a system component that contains a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), System-on-a-Chip (SoC), and security features, packaged within a Multichip Module (MCM), that make this enhanced FPGA a sustainable, upgradeable component for use in DoD applications. Innovations include… More

Performance Enhanced Managed FPGA

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jason Sattler, Senior Dev. & Systems Eng
Award Amount: $749,729.00
Abstract:
The Performance Enhanced Managed Field Programmable Gate Array (PEM-FPGA) is a system component that contains an FPGA, microprocessor, and security features, packaged within a Multichip Module (MCM) that provides important services, such as dynamic partial reconfiguration, defragmentation, secure… More

Novel, Non-Intrusive Nanodeposition Technique for the Deposition of a Variety of Hardware Anti-Tamper Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Sr. Dev. Specialist / Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $99,956.00
Abstract:
This effort will focus on identifying new hardware design and protection techniques and technologies that will delay reverse engineering and exploitation, slowing an adversary as much as possible in compromising U.S. technologies when they fall under their control. To date, much Government and… More

Novel, Non-Intrusive Nanodeposition Technique for the Deposition of a Variety of Hardware Anti-Tamper Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Sr. Dev. Specialist / lead Engineer
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
This effort will focus on identifying new hardware design and protection techniques and technologies that will delay reverse engineering and exploitation, slowing an adversary as much as possible in compromising U.S. technologies when they fall under their control. To date, much Government and… More

Investigation of a Novel, Nano-Hardware Lock and Associated Software Anti-Tamper Techniques for Secure Memory and Memory Eraser Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Sr. Dev. Specialist / Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
The NESL concept uses three techniques to form a protective shield around modern computer systems. The first layer is a novel method for generating and locking cryptographic keys to a unique computer system. The proposed, novel key locking system, though relatively simple, takes advantage of the… More

Low Cost, Radiation Hardened, Noise Resistant Inertial Measurement Unit

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Terry L. Tidwell, Sr. Research Specialist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Space Photonics, Inc. (SPI) is proposing development of a revolutionary integrated optical encoder-IMU that is the "last piece of the puzzle" for applying our beam steering technologies to long distance link systems (GEO-to-GEO, GEO-to-LEO) and high-precision IR object tracking. This MEMS sensor… More

Geolocation and Attitude Determination from Laser Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Terry Tidwell, Sr. Research Specialist
Award Amount: $99,939.00
Abstract:
To realize the benefits of formation flying multi-spacecraft clusters, four key elements must be present: 1. Broadband inter-spacecraft communications to enable the transport of high resolution sensor data. 2. Precision inter-spacecraft timing synchronization to enable precise multi-sensor sampling… More

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Precision Geolocation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Terry Tidwell, Senior Research Specialist
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Our Embedded Beam Tracking and Range & Sync capabilities for Inter-Aircraft Optical Communications Links will enable free space inter-aircraft laser communication links to not only provide broadband connectivity between aircraft, it will also enable these links to provide precise inter-aircraft… More

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Precision Geolocation

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Terry Tidwell, Sr. Research Specialist I
Award Amount: $749,505.00
Abstract:
In order to realize the benefits of formation flying multi-spacecraft clusters, four key elements must be present: 1. Broadband inter-spacecraft communications to enable the transport of high resolution sensor data. 2. Precision inter-spacecraft timing synchronization to enable precise multi-sensor… More

Development of a Novel, Nano-Hardware Lock and Associated Software Anti-Tamper Techniques for Secure Memory and Memory Eraser Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Lead Engineer / COO
Award Amount: $374,093.00
Abstract:
The NESL concept uses three techniques to form a protective shield around modern computer systems. The first layer is a novel method for generating and locking cryptographic keys to a unique computer system. The second and third layer leverage this novel key system to protect primary and secondary… More

Novel, Non-Intrusive Nanodeposition Technique for the Deposition of a Variety of Hardware Anti-Tamper Coatings

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Matt Leftwich, Lead Engineer
Award Amount: $374,095.00
Abstract:
To date, much government and industry effort has focused on passive board and chip coatings and self-destruct concepts, but as the DoD AT organizations have evaluated them, the effectiveness of these types of techniques has been limited. Other concepts that have been assessed by the AT community… More

Geolocation and Attitude Determination from Laser Communication Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Terry Tidwell, Sr. Research Specialist I
Award Amount: $727,678.00
Abstract:
In order to realize the geolocation and attitude determination benefits of formation flying multi-spacecraft clusters or constellations with onboard Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing (ATP) lasercom systems, four key elements must be present: 1. Broadband inter-spacecraft communications to enable… More

SEU/SEL Resistant Ultra-Low Power Asynchronous Processor Design for Low-Temperature Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,992.00
Abstract:
This Phase I SBIR proposal seeks funding to develop a radiation-hardened circuit architecture to achieve SEU and SEL immunity by using delay-insensitive asynchronous logic, and to demonstrate its feasibility, effectiveness, and efficiency. Further, early studies reveal that an operational… More

Development of a Lower-SWaP, RAD-Tolerant, Thermally Stable High Speed Fiber Optics Network for Harsh Environment Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,904.00
Abstract:
The proposed Phase I objectives and work plan, carried through to completion, will result in the development of a RAD-tolerant, high-speed, multi-channel fiber optics transceiver, associated reconfigurable intelligent node communications architecture, and supporting hardware for intra-vehicular and… More

Development of a Novel, Ultra-Low SWAP, RAD-Tolerant, Multi-Channel, Reprogrammable Photonic Integrated Circuit Optical Transceiver Module

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
According to Topic O1, titled Space Communications, "NASA's communications capability is based on the premise that communications shall enable and not constrain missions. Communications must be robust to support the numerous missions for space science, Earth science and exploration of the… More

Development of a Low-SWAP, RAD-Tolerant, Thermally Stable, 10Gbps per Channel Fiber Optic Transceiver for Harsh Environment Networking Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Matthew B. Leftwich, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,995.00
Abstract:
According to the NASA Topic S3, "the Science Mission Directorate will carry out the scientific exploration of our Earth, the planets, moons, comets, and asteroids of our Solar System and beyond. SMD's future direction will be moving from exploratory missions (orbiters and flybys) into… More

EM Emanation Reduction Technique for FPGAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Leary, Sr. Development Engineer – (479) 856-6358
Award Amount: $99,938.00
Abstract:
Electromagnetic emanations represent a significant potential vector of attack for FPGA designs carrying critical program information or other sensitive data or algorithms. The effort proposed here will implement and study a technique designed to dramatically limit the EM emanations from FPGAs, via a… More

XADUR - IP in untrusted fab environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jason Sattler, Sr. Development&Systems Engineer – (937) 477-3929
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
Space Photonics plans on using state of the art failure analysis tools to detect the differneces between the netlist sent to the untrusted foundry and the IC under evaluation. In subsequent versions, SPI plans to identify extranious features and label them for the user

Development of an Ultra-Low Power IC Design and Packaging Technique to Provide a Variety of Critical Anti-Tamper Safeguards

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Matthew Leftwich, Sr. Systems Engineer / COO – (479) 856-6367
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
Novel design methods, processes, and techniques, are needed including implementation demonstrations and subsequent security evaluations of alternative integrated circuit AT methods. These methods should provide multiple attributes of the following characteristics: a visible barrier to the underlying… More

EM Emanation Reduction Technique for FPGAs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Leary, Research Specialist – (479) 856-6358
Award Amount: $999,562.00
Abstract:
This effort seeks to build upon our successful Phase I effort to utilize, refine, and perform detailed testing on designs utilizing our EM Emanation Reduction (EMER) technique for FPGAs. The EMER technique is designed to reduce the feasibility of side-channel attacks aimed at gaining critical… More

A Modular Miniature Satellite Laser Communications Transceiver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Terry Tidwell, SR RESEARCH SPECIALIST II – (479) 856-6359
Award Amount: $332,000.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The data transmission capacity required for fixed and tactical information networking continues to increase. Deploying traditional RF or microwave broadband direct line of sight (DLoS) links does not meet future warfighter needs. A key thrust for the Air Force (AF) is Assured Access… More