A Modular Miniature Satellite Laser Communications Transceiver

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,964.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
F29601-01-C-0138
Award Id:
52284
Agency Tracking Number:
011NM-1307
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
700 Research Center Blvd., Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044870363
Principal Investigator:
Charles Chalfant
President/CEO
(501) 575-5316
cchalfant@spacephotonics.com
Business Contact:
Charles Chalfant
President/CEO
(501) 575-5316
cchalfant@spacephotonics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
For this Phase I SBIR proposal, Space Photonics puts forth highly innovativesolutions for multi-access satellite clusters using our proposed miniature modularfree-space laser communications transceiver subsystem. By virtue of our uniquedevice and application specific designs, our laser cross-link transceivers providewide field-of-view access without the need for the power hungry gimbaling that istypically required for accurate acquisition and tracking. Additionally, thetransceiver provides for enhanced utility for open architecture implementations,optimized link power budget efficiency, and a straightforward modular interfacedesigned for satellite power and data bus interfaces. Our proposed techniques anddevice designs were not possible just a few years ago, but with the most recentadvances in device fabrication technology, our idea can be implemented and provideenormous value to laser cross-link systems.Our planned laser communications product line has enormous market potential,since to our knowledge, no such product has ever been conceptualized. Thedevices, firmware, software, and subsystems that will make up this productline will provide us with a large market opportunity in both the Governmentand commercial sectors. We anticipate broad use of these products in the lastmile metro-area network markets and the rapidly growing multi-satelliteapplications market.

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