You are here

Miniaturized Free Space Optical Communication Transceivers for CubeSats

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC20C0260
Agency Tracking Number: 206159
Amount: $124,993.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H9
Solicitation Number: SBIR_20_P1
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-08-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-01
Small Business Information
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117-3104
United States
DUNS: 191741292
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Donald Kebort
 (805) 967-4900
Business Contact
 Milan Mashanovitch
Phone: (805) 967-4900
Research Institution

Freedom Photonics proposes to develop revolutionary miniaturized Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) transceivers that are so compact that they are suited for CubeSats. The transceiver will realize low cost, size, weight and power through high power Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology and non-mechanical beam steering technology. Unlike RF, FSOC is inherently power efficient due to the high antenna gain from small optical wavelengths and is hard to detect and intercept. Operating in optical bands with orders of magnitude greater bandwidth, FSOC transceiver would be of great benefit to ease the bandwidth crowding in RF small satellite communications. Compact FSOC transceiver would be of great utility for civilian satellites requiring communication bandwidth without the competition for licensing crowded RF spectrum. Modular orbital FSO relays acting as cross-links and deep-space transceivers would mitigate the atmospheric effects and provide spatial redundancy for ground links.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

US Flag An Official Website of the United States Government