Free-Space Optical Communications: Light Detection and Ranging Enhanced Data Delivery

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$99,999.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W9132V-13-P-0001
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A122-089-0265
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-089
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard Blvd. SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator
 Jason Schmidt
 Senior Scientist
 (937) 684-4100
 jason.schmidt@mza.com
Business Contact
 Robert Praus, II
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Email: robert.praus@mza.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Over the past few years, lidar programs have collected 3-D imagery enabling unprecendented views of the battlefield. Unfortunately, lidar systems collect such large volumes of data that it is not available in real time. This SBIR Phase I proposal suggests a research program to design low-SWaP free-space optical communication (FSOC) system to download lidar data to a ground station at high data rates. The proposal begins with analysis of the atmospheric path and system requirements including the effects of turbulence. It continues with scaled laboratory experiments and studies of pre-processing and formatting. Finally, a concrete design for an objective FSOC system is offered.

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