Lightweight Inter-Nanosatellite Communications System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9113M-12-C-0033
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4951
Amount: $1,049,970.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11-057
Solicitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division, 1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tin Aye
 Technology Vice President
 (310) 320-3088
 EOSProposals@poc.com
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Email: gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
To address the Army's need for nanosatellite laser communication systems, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) has developed a Lightweight Inter-Nanosatellite Communications (LINC) system. This system is based on unique integration of a new optical tracking scheme, with a common optical telescope antenna for the transmitter and receiver, and implementation of computer-on-module electronics. The innovation in using state-of-the-art optoelectronic components, MEMS mirrors, and lightweight telescopes for pointing and tracking will enable the system to achieve extremely low SWaP (<430 cm^3,<0.5 kg, ~8 W peak power for a 10 min/hr duty cycle), high intersatellite communication rates (>2 Gbps), low bit error rate (<10^-6), and highly accurate tracking, to communicate with fore and aft satellites based on a 3-kg SMDC-ONE nanosatellite in a simple 10-20 satellite ring constellation, addressing the SMDC Responsive Space program requirements for intersatellite lasercom at a distance of 3600 km. In Phase I, POC successfully demonstrated LINC feasibility by conducting technical analysis and simulation and initially tested a proof-of-concept prototype with an optical link sustaining>9.5 Gbps data throughput. In Phase II, POC plans to design an initial laser nanosatellite communication system, and fabricate its prototype for initial testing and transition to a complete nanosatellite laser communication system.

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