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High Power (50W) WDM Space Lasercom 1.5um Fiber Laser Transmitter

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX17CP40P
Agency Tracking Number: 175375
Amount: $124,225.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H9.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-08
Small Business Information
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171-4603
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Doruk Engin
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 471-7671
 dengin@fibertek.com
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: tperinis@fibertek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Fibertek proposes to develop and demonstrate a spaceflight prototype of a wideband, high power (up to 50W), polarization maintaining (PM), 1.5-um fiber laser transmitter, supporting high data rate wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) operation for space optical communication links.
The proposed 1.5-um fiber laser transmitter will support up to 8x WDM channels at 4W/channel, with 256-ary pulse-position-modulation (PPM) format, operating at ~10-kW peak power per channel, with >20-nm gain-flat bandwidth, and with 20% power conversion efficiency. The proposed 1.5-um fiber laser transmitter also supports 20x WDM channels at 2.5W/channel, operating at 10 GHz data rate (for 200GHz total) in burst-mode RZ-DPSK modulation. The proposed 10x scaling of the average and peak power performance for such a space-qualifiable WDM 1.5-um transmitter enables >100x data-rate scaling of current space laser communication links.
The successful outcome of Phase I and II will be to develop a prototype, space-qualifiable, high-efficiency, high-power (50W), 1.5-um WDM space lasercom transmitter. This advances the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) from 3 to 5 and supports TRL-6 environmental testing in subsequent phases.

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