EagleEye Multi-Aperture Airborne FSO Communication System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-18-C-0740
Agency Tracking Number: N182-132-0102
Amount: $124,988.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N182-132
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-18
Small Business Information
120 Knowles Dr., Los Gatos, CA, 95032
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dave Pechner
 (408) 376-0989
Business Contact
 Andrea Singewald
Phone: (970) 778-2353
Email: a.singewald@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
Point-to-point Free-Space Optical (FSO) communication systems have been demonstrated and are commercially available. Additionally, the technology to develop such systems continue to evolve, such that low cost, compact FSO systems are now a possibility. FSO systems have many desirable attributes for Navy aircraft and surface vessels, especially their ability to operate without RF emissions, their immunity to RF interference and jamming, and the inherent LPI/LPD operation. However, to achieve widespread use in naval applications, a more advanced communication network is required, with the ability to simultaneously communicate between multiple ships and aircraft. To address this need, SA Photonics proposes the development of our EagleEye airborne FSO communication system. The EagleEye system is an airborne version of our shipboard MultiEye system which is being developed under an ONR Phase II SBIR program. EagleEye has an identical architecture as MultiEye, but includes additional functionality to support operation on airborne platforms including a fully stabilized optical head, a dedicated Wide-Field-of-View (WFOV) acquisition sensor, and dedicated acquisition beacon. The combination of these features allows operation on airborne platforms and supports rapid, autonomous acquisition. EagleEye is compatible with MultiEye, and will enable a wide variety of ship-to-air communications needs to be met.

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