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Space WDM All-Optical Backbone

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Space Development Agency
Contract: HQ0850-22-C-0012
Agency Tracking Number: SDA215-01-0007
Amount: $259,571.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: HQ085021S0001-01
Solicitation Number: HQ085021S0001.5
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-23
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-09-22
Small Business Information
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171-1111
United States
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Brian Mathason
 (703) 471-7671
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Research Institution

Fibertek proposes to develop and mature systems requires for an ultra-low latency, all optical relay around an in-plane constellation of LEO satellites.  The effort addresses the optical terminal, optical add/drop multiplexer and high gain / low noise figure Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA).  The primary focus of the proposed is the EDFA as it is the least mature and highest risk sub-system required for the realization of an optical relay.  The Phase I program will finalize performance requirements and demonstrate feasibility of the reliable, low cost in volume, and manufacturable EDFA sub-system, setting the stage for a successful Phase II program in which the EDFA will be matured to TRL-6.  In addition, the Phase II program will develop an optical relay system design including Fibertek’s TRL-6 optical head, coarse pointing mechanism for in-plane links and an optical add/drop multiplexer.  A manufacturing transition plan will be started in Phase I and completed in the Phase II supporting a rapid transition to SDA relevant quantities and target costs.

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