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Reconfigurable/Cognitive Optical Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-20-C-0310
Agency Tracking Number: F18A-010-0096
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF18A-T010
Solicitation Number: 18.A
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-12-29
Small Business Information
2218 Faraday Ave, STE 110
Carlsbad, CA 92008-7234
United States
DUNS: 092659007
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Golden
 (760) 602-0606
Business Contact
 Kevin Lynaugh
Phone: (760) 602-0606
Research Institution
 Aerospace Federally Funded Research and Development Center
 Todd Rose
2310 E. El Segundo Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245-0000
United States

 (424) 903-9850
 Nonprofit College or University

As the number of optical communication terminals proliferate there will be a need to have these terminals interoperate.  In the past, optical terminals were designed with a single purpose in mind.  New space constellations are requiring non-RF crosslink solutions.  It is expected that there will be a large number of both commercial and military systems providing crosslinks and space to earth links.  With this new proliferation of optical terminals there is a desire to solve the interoperability problem to allow every terminal to interoperate.  Currently laser communication systems are limited to utilize unique terminals, modulation, data rates and protocols.  Here we are developing a reconfigurable/cognitive optical communications testbed to demonstrate this interoperability.  This effort will develop and demonstrate laser communications with both a DoD laser terminal and a commercial ground terminal.  The goal is to provide a common communications technique for dissimilar laser terminals to communicate and enable cross platform and cross domain communications. 

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