High-Efficiency, High-Power Laser Transmitter for Deep-Space Communication

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CA73C
Agency Tracking Number: 084398
Amount: $599,836.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: O1.06
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1275 W Roosevelt Road, Suite 104, West Chicago, IL, 60185-4815
DUNS: 101351505
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tony Moretti
 Principal Investigator
 (630) 562-9433
Business Contact
 Alan Sugg
Title: Business Official
Phone: (630) 630-9433
Email: arsugg@vegawave.com
Research Institution
There is demand for vastly improved deep space satellite communications links. As data rates dramatically increase due to new sensor technologies and the desire to pack even more sensors on spacecraft, it is imperative that new solutions be compact in size, light in weight, be high speed, and highly power efficient. NASA has recognized optical links offer potential improvements in power and in size due to a substantially narrower beam and smaller components. An ideal technology for such links is a laser transmitter master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) using pulse position modulation techniques. In Phase I, a design was developed for a laser transmitter MOPA with a wall-plug efficiency of up to 23% operating at 1560nm. Operating at longer wavelength offers a number of advantages including the use of numerous off-the-shelf components. This Phase II proposal will demonstrate a working prototype of the design at a Technology Readiness Level 4 by the end of the program.

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