Aeronautical Sciences and Flight Control Technology for Military Aerospace Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F33615-01-C-3115
Agency Tracking Number: 001VA-3288
Amount: $794,355.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
OPTELECOM, INC.
9300 Gaither Road, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877
DUNS: 072658529
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Smith
 Director, E-O Systems Gro
 (301) 590-8852
 smithr@optelecom.com
Business Contact
 Edmund Ludwig
Title: CEO
Phone: (301) 590-2121
Email: ludwige@optelecom.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Use of photonic communications technology on military aerospace vehicles offers significant advantages in weight, volume, reduced cost and improved reliability for these vehicles. Weight and volume savings come from replacement of copper wire andelectronic termination hardware in cable assemblies having large wire counts with optical fiber cables having small fiber counts. Cost savings are associated with the weight and volume savings and with integration of control, power and communicationsystems. Reliability is enhanced through Electromagnetic Interference susceptibility reduction, multipath redundant communication lines and communication system simplifications which are part of an integrated vehicle management system design. Specifictechnology which will be required in a fully optimized photonic aerospace vehicle communication system and which is not currently available for the aerospace environment includes 1) multimode optical fiber Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) tap forwavelength selective drop and insert of optical signals along a multimode optical fiber bus, 2) wavelength selected Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs) and 3) optimized actuator motor phase sensor interface to a photonic network. Optelecomproposes to develop multimode optical fiber WDM tap hardware and to investigate application of existing communications technology to the aerospace environment for wavelength selected VCSELs and actuator motor phase sensor interface.

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