High Power Uplink Amplifier for Deep Space Communications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX10CD89P
Agency Tracking Number: 095878
Amount: $99,953.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
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
DUNS: 788121858
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Donald Sipes
 Principal Investigator
 (815) 383-8303
 don.sipes@opticalenginesinc.com
Business Contact
 Donald Sipes, Jr.
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (815) 383-8303
Email: 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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