High Power Uplink Amplifier for Deep Space Communications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,953.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX10CD89P
Agency Tracking Number:
095878
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
O1
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Optical Engines, Inc.
842 S. Sierra Madre St STE D, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
788121858
Principal Investigator:
Donald Sipes
Principal Investigator
(815) 383-8303
don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Business Contact:
Donald Sipes, Jr.
President and CEO
(815) 383-8303
don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Critical to the success of delivering on the promise of deep space optical communications is the creation of a stable and reliable high power multichannel optical uplink/beacon. Optical Engines proposes to demonstrate in phase 1 a 1kW compact and low cost fiber amplifier suited to the uplink application. This will be accomplished through the use of Optical Engines proprietary Multi-Fiber Coupled 2.5kW laser diode stacks, its Etched Taper All Fiber Combiner Technology and a custom designed Photonic Crystal Fiber. By building upon existing fiber amplifier work this demonstration can be accomplished in the Phase 1 time frame. From this demonstration, a 4 channel 4kW total power amplifier array will be constructed during phase II to be integrated into existing NASA deep space communications up link infrastructure.

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