Multi-functional Optical Subsystem Enabling Laser Communication on Small Satellites

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,960.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CG17P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
110081
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
T4.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
WA, Bellevue, WA, 98005-3876
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
964004100
Principal Investigator:
ChrisLewicki
Principal Investigator
(425) 336-2442
chris@arkyd.com
Business Contact:
ChrisLewicki
Business Official
(425) 336-2448
chris@arkyd.com
Research Institute:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sara Seager
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139-4307
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Abstract
Advancements in technology and contractions in budgets are driving constant increases in spacecraft "capability density." These factors are motivating the design of small spacecraft capable of generating and communicating large amounts of data, over great distances, at low cost. Arkyd Astronautics is a provider of robotic space exploration services and is developing microspacecraft to conduct low cost deep-space missions. Arkyd is currently developing the technology required for implementing small satellite optical communication as a key enabler of our commercial business model.Arkyd proposes to determine the feasibility of developing a novel multi-functional optical subsystem used for attitude determination, stability control, scientific observation and high-precision optical communication on small satellites. If successful, the proposed optical subsystem design design will result in small satellite attitude control and communication performance improvements of several orders of magnitude over the current state-of-the-art. The proposed effort will leverage technology under development for the MIT/Draper Lab ExoplanetSat to design a TRL 4 system demonstrator capable of sub-arcsecond pointing stability by the completion of Phase I work. Phase II follow-on work will focus on fabrication, assembly, and system testing of a demonstrator for the proposed system. It is the expectation of the proposing team to achieve TRL 6 by the end of Phase II work.

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