Multi-kW Uplink Fiber-Laser Beacon with Agile Signal Format

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CF21P
Agency Tracking Number: 104565
Amount: $99,650.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: O1.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
VA, Herndon, VA, 20170-5225
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Doruk Engin
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 956-3688
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Research Institution
Uplink Laser Beacons for deep-space communication, can benefit greatly from migration to the 1010-1030nm wavelengths, via use of Silicon-APDs on the spacecraft receiving terminal. Fibertek has developed an uplink laser transmitter testbed using a multi-stage fiber-MOPA platform, that is also scalable to a multi-aperture architecture. Preliminary demonstration for 1064nm operation has shown multi-kW peak powers using long-pulse slot(>100nsec)based M-ary PPM format. The highly flexible platform developed at Fibertek, also corrects for pulse-shaping, and pulse-train variations, inherent in such multi-kW long-pulse variable-symbool PPM data-format. This SBIR proposal aims to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of a clear technical road map to translate this to shorter wavelengths<1030nm, as well as to further optimize the uplink laser beacon transmitter for representative M-ary PPM data formats, using FPGA based adaptive control.

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