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CubeSat Laser Communications (CubeSat LaserCom)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-17-P-0066
Agency Tracking Number: S171-003-0068
Amount: $149,756.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM17-003
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-07-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-18
Small Business Information
1300 Britt SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
United States
DUNS: 081475873
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Shubert
 Senior Systems Engineer
 (505) 767-1247
Business Contact
 Tom Edmondson
Phone: (505) 767-1214
Research Institution

ATA proposes to conduct feasibility studies and develop a CubeSat Laser Communications (CubeSat LaserCom) system that enables high data rate communications from a CubeSat to ground terminals, GEO terminals, and other CubeSats. Our proposed CubeSat LaserCom terminal integrates advanced ATA line-of-sight stabilization, tracking and pointing technologies with space-qualified laser and detector technologies into a compact package capable of steering its line of sight over a large (near-hemispherical) field of regard independently of CubeSat body pointing and stabilization. ATAs CubeSat compatible optical communications terminal combines high photon efficiency optical communications technologies with ATAs expertise in stabilization, tracking, and space optical terminals. High photon efficiency optical communications concepts have demonstrated high rate communications with small apertures and low transmitted laser power. The optical head consists of a SWIR camera and optical fiber coupled to share a single focusing & beam collimation optic, which is then aimed by a beam pointing system, such as a coelostat. Transmit and receive paths in the fiber are split using an optical circulator. The system aperture is approximately 15 mm diameter. The terminal is expected to fit within 1.5U, with a weight goal of 10 pounds and an operating power goal of 15 watts.

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