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Vibration Isolation Platform for Long Range Optical Communications

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2013 / SBIR
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Controlled Dynamics Inc.
18141 Beach Blvd., Suite 170 Huntington Beach, CA 92648-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Vibration Isolation Platform for Long Range Optical Communications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX13CP12P
Award Amount: $124,979.00


Optical communication links provide higher data transfer rates with lower mass, power, and volume than conventional radio-frequency links. For deep space applications at long operational ranges, high performance stabilization of the space terminal data link is required. To meet this need, CDI proposes a novel application of our free-floating isolation platform. Based upon a Shuttle-proven technology, this approach yields 6-DOF isolation from the disturbances of the host vehicle while providing high-bandwidth active stabilization to attenuate both payload disturbances as well as any residual disturbances transferred from the base across the power/data umbilical. The proposed approach is designed to achieve better than 0.5microradian-rms stabilization for all frequencies above 0.1Hz when operating in a space environment.Phase I develops the proposed design concept, performs architecture trade studies, and predicts performance to establish the feasibility of the approach. Using an available free-floating isolation platform and a 2-axis low-g testbed, the design concept is prototyped and demonstrated on hardware in a simulated low-g environment (TRL-5).Phase II proceeds with the development of a prototype system that will be space qualified through comprehensive ground testing (TRL-6). Technology demonstration flight tests will be proposed on sRLVs and/or ISS platforms (e.g., WORF, OPALS upgrade), achieving a TRL-7 maturity by the end of Phase II.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Green
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Scott Green
Business Official
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Controlled Dynamics Inc
18141 Beach Blvd, Suite 170 Huntington Beach, CA 92648-8602

EIN/Tax ID: 202469847
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No