MULTI-ACCESS FREE-SPACE LASER COMMUNICATION SYSTEM DESIGN

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10479
Amount: $494,595.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1244 Dielman Industrial Park, St Louis, MO, 63132
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Monte Ross
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Research Institution
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Abstract
MULTI-ACCESS SPACE OPTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM DESIGNS ARE IMPLEMENTED THAT RESULT IN SMALL-SIZE, LIGHT-WEIGHT TERMINALS ON BOARD GEO AND LEO SATELLITES. SYSTEM DESIGNS ARE PROVIDED INCORPORATING THE ADVANCING HIGH-POWER, COHERENT GALLIUM ALUMINUM ARSENIDE LASER DIODES AND DIODE ARRAY TECHNOLOGY RESULTING IN SIMPLER, LOWER-COST SYSTEMS INCORPORATING GIMBAL-ONLY TRACKING AND DIRECT DETECTION. LASER TRANSMITTERS DESIGNS ARE PROVIDED WHICH PERMIT DATA RATES IN THE 1 MBPS REGIME TO BE TRANSMITTED FROM EACH LEO TO THE GEO USING MULTI-WATT LASER DIODES WITH EFFICIENCIES UP TO 50%. IN ADDITION, SYSTEM DESIGNS ARE PROVIDED THAT ENABLE SIMULTANEOUS DATA TRANSMISSION FROM A NUMBER OF LEO SATELLITES TO GEO. SYSTEM CONCEPT DESIGNS FOR LEO AND GEO LIGHT-WEIGHT TERMINALS INCORPORATING ACQUISITION, TRACKING, AND COMMUNICATION ARE GIVEN. MULTI-ACCESS APPROACHES FOR THE GEO SATELLITE INCLUDE ONE LARGE-APERTURE, WIDE-FIELD-OF-VIEW GIMBALLED SYSTEM TERMINAL, OR ALTERNATIVELY, A NUMBER OF SMALL-APERTURE (2 INCH) INDEPENDENTLY GIMBALLED TERMINALS. LEO TERMINALS USE 2 INCHAPERTURES AND WEIGH THIRTY POUNDS. SYSTEM AND COMPONENT SPECIFICATIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE SELECTED CONCEPT, AND A RISK ASSESSMENT IS PROVIDED FOR A BALANCED DESIGN.

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