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Ground based uplink and beacon laser for long range communications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC22PB151
Agency Tracking Number: 221621
Amount: $156,478.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H9
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-01-25
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1077
United States
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bhabana Pati
 (978) 738-2283
Business Contact
 Karen Trevette
Title: arodrigues
Phone: (978) 738-8119
Research Institution

For deep space optical communications at astronomical distances such as Mars and beyond, a multi-kW average power laser that can be coded to send data is needed. Optical communication will revolutionize space-based science and exploration capabilities by supplying data rates up to 100 times faster than the currently used radio frequency based systems. New science will be enabled as missions become capable of hosting instruments that require substantial bandwidth, such as hyperspectral imagers and instruments with high definition in spectral, spatial, or temporal modes. The key to efficient optical communication encompasses the ability to generate the optical power efficiently, aim the narrow beam accurately enough to illuminate a receiver on Earth, and to collect and detect the received optical signal with minimal loss after passing through the atmosphere. A fundamental concept of operation is that the deep space transceiver uses an uplink beacon from Earth as a reference for pointing the downlink. This is done to minimize the mass and power of the subsystem on the spacecraft that accurately points the downlink laser beam.In response to NASArsquo;s solicitation to develop a multi-kW laser to use as a ground beacon and uplink laser transmitter, PSI is proposing to develop a simple and innovative fiber design that can produce gt; 3 kW of average power and 6 kW of peak power at 50% duty cycle.nbsp; The laser will be modulated with user interface to encode data. In the phase I PSI will design a special fiber laser amplifier for efficient, compact and low cost communication system. The laser will be modulated using pulse position modulation technique to encode data.

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