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Optical Communication Turrets for Highly Mobile Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Award ID:
67766
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-223-2112
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Space Photonics, Inc.
700 Research Center Blvd. Fayetteville, AR -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Optical Communication Turrets for Highly Mobile Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-05-C-1812
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 applications to rapidly acquire and track optical cross-link signals crucial for advanced high speed, high data rate communications systems using laser based data links. The system is based on our innovative multi-aperture turret design with multiple telescopes each using our MEMS beam steering techniques for accurate pointing and tracking of the transmit and receive signals.. This proposed approach provides a capability for a wide range of wavelengths and data rates, with each telescope providing independent acquisition and tracking and fast response closed loop tracking that will meet the requirements for the dynamic range of motion faced by aircraft. This innovation coupled with our development of 10.0 Gbps free space and fiber optic communications transceivers provides a unique opportunity for Air Force programs that require advanced, high bandwidth, high data rate, and mobile communications capabilities.

Principal Investigator:

Charles Chalfant
President/CEO/PI
4795755316
cchalfant@spacephotonics.com

Business Contact:

Shonna Butler
Project and Finance Admin
4795755221
sbutler@spacephotonics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

SPACE PHOTONICS, INC.
700 Research Center Blvd Fayetteville, AR 72701

EIN/Tax ID: 710817649
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No