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Multi-functional Optical Subsystem Enabling Laser Communication on Small…

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
110081
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
T4.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Arkyd Astronautics, Inc.
1331 118th Avenue South EastSuite 100 Bellevue, WA 98005-3876
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Multi-functional Optical Subsystem Enabling Laser Communication on Small Satellites
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CG17P
Award Amount: $124,960.00
 

Abstract:

Advancements in technology and contractions in budgets are driving constant increases in spacecraft "capability density." These factors are motivating the design of small spacecraft capable of generating and communicating large amounts of data, over great distances, at low cost. Arkyd Astronautics is a provider of robotic space exploration services and is developing microspacecraft to conduct low cost deep-space missions. Arkyd is currently developing the technology required for implementing small satellite optical communication as a key enabler of our commercial business model.Arkyd proposes to determine the feasibility of developing a novel multi-functional optical subsystem used for attitude determination, stability control, scientific observation and high-precision optical communication on small satellites. If successful, the proposed optical subsystem design design will result in small satellite attitude control and communication performance improvements of several orders of magnitude over the current state-of-the-art. The proposed effort will leverage technology under development for the MIT/Draper Lab ExoplanetSat to design a TRL 4 system demonstrator capable of sub-arcsecond pointing stability by the completion of Phase I work. Phase II follow-on work will focus on fabrication, assembly, and system testing of a demonstrator for the proposed system. It is the expectation of the proposing team to achieve TRL 6 by the end of Phase II work.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Lewicki
Principal Investigator
4253362442
chris@arkyd.com

Business Contact:

Chris Lewicki
Business Official
4253362448
chris@arkyd.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Arkyd Astronautics, Inc.
1331 118th Avenue South EastSuite 100 Bellevue, WA 98005-3876

EIN/Tax ID: 273193230
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: Sara Seager