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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132V-13-P-0001
Agency Tracking Number: A122-089-0265
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-089
Solicitation Number: 2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-11-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-05-31
Small Business Information
2021 Girard Blvd. SE Suite 150
Albuquerque, NM -
United States
DUNS: 794350025
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jason Schmidt
 Senior Scientist
 (937) 684-4100
Business Contact
 Robert Praus, II
Title: President
Phone: (505) 245-9970
Research Institution

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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