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Free Space Optical Connections for Airborne On-the-Move Nodes at High Data…

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-065
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Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr. Los Gatos, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Free Space Optical Connections for Airborne On-the-Move Nodes at High Data Rates Over Extended Distances
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-B605
Award Amount: $69,997.00


UAVs offer a low cost, highly capable aerial platform that can be used without risk to aircrews. The value of the RQ-4 Global Hawk and the MQ-1C Warrior in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the war in Afghanistan, has been well publicized. New, high resolution sensor payloads and an overall increase in network connectivity demand is generating more required bandwidth than existing RF/Microwave links can deliver to UAV missions. Free Space Optical communications (FSO) offer unprecedented bandwidth, but must overcome unique challenges associated with atmospheric channel fading and require precise beam steering to illuminate far-end apertures with their very narrow beams. SA Photonics has developed f?oRaptorf??, its comprehensive solution to ultra-high bandwidth On-the-Move FSO communications. Raptor provides up to 10Gbps of scalable bandwidth, with unprecedented immunity to atmospheric interference. By combining advanced modulation technology to reduce power by 5X, with our AccuPoint and BeamDirector beam steering systems which reduce size by 5X, Raptor delivers significant cost, size, weight and power advantages over other approaches. SA Photonics Raptor systems, when deployed, will enable ultra-high bandwidth UAV missions, and will not be burdened by the frequency regulations and bandwidth congestion currently experienced with RF/Microwave links.

Principal Investigator:

James Coward
Chief Technical Officer

Business Contact:

Michael Browne
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

SA Photonics
130 Knowles Drive Suite A Los Gatos, CA 95032

EIN/Tax ID: 611427995
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No