Optical Communication Turrets for Highly Mobile Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-05-C-1812
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-223-2112
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-223
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
SPACE PHOTONICS, INC.
700 Research Center Blvd, Fayetteville, AR, 72701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044870363
Principal Investigator:
Charles Chalfant
President/CEO/PI
(479) 575-5316
cchalfant@spacephotonics.com
Business Contact:
Shonna Butler
Project and Finance Admin
(479) 575-5221
sbutler@spacephotonics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Space Photonics proposes a miniature, low power, high speed, optical communications turret utilizing a unique system design requiring no gimballing. This technology and design enables optical communications turrets specifically for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and other airborne vehicle applications to rapidly acquire and track optical cross-link signals crucial for advanced high speed, high data rate communications systems using laser based data links. The system is based on our innovative multi-aperture turret design with multiple telescopes each using our MEMS beam steering techniques for accurate pointing and tracking of the transmit and receive signals.. This proposed approach provides a capability for a wide range of wavelengths and data rates, with each telescope providing independent acquisition and tracking and fast response closed loop tracking that will meet the requirements for the dynamic range of motion faced by aircraft. This innovation coupled with our development of 10.0 Gbps free space and fiber optic communications transceivers provides a unique opportunity for Air Force programs that require advanced, high bandwidth, high data rate, and mobile communications capabilities.

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