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Lightweight Inter-Nanosatellite Communications System

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street Torrance, CA 90501-1510
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Lightweight Inter-Nanosatellite Communications System
Agency: DOD
Contract: W9113M-11-C-0056
Award Amount: $99,990.00


To address the Army"s need for novel nanosatellite laser communication systems, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Lightweight Inter-Nanosatellite Communications (LINC) system. This system is based on unique integration of a new optical tracking scheme, with a compact common optical antenna for transmitter and receiver, and novel implementation of smart computer-on-module technology. The innovation in using MEMS mirrors and lightweight telescopes for pointing and tracking will enable the system to achieve extremely low-volume (<431 cm^3), low-mass (<0.5 kg), low-power budget (~8 W), high intersatellite communication rates>2 Gbps, low bit-error-rate<10^-6, and highly accurate tracking to communicate with fore and aft satellites based on a 3-kg SMDC-ONE nanosatellite in a simple 10-20 satellite ring constellation, which directly address the SMDC Responsive Space program requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate LINC feasibility by conducting technical analysis and simulation and initial small-scale proof-of-concept prototype testing. In Phase II, POC plans to further refine the design and develop a reliable, launch-ready system integrated into a nanosatellite bus for initial testing and potential transition to a complete nanosatellite laser communication system.

Principal Investigator:

Tin M. Aye
Technology Vice-President
(310) 320-3088

Business Contact:

Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
Small Business Information at Submission:

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 20600 Gramercy Place, Bldg. 100 Torrance, CA -

EIN/Tax ID: 330118051
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No