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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132V-13-P-0001
Agency Tracking Number:
A122-089-0265
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-089
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
MZA Associates Corporation
2021 Girard Blvd. SE, Suite 150, Albuquerque, NM, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
794350025
Principal Investigator:
Jason Schmidt
Senior Scientist
(937) 684-4100
jason.schmidt@mza.com
Business Contact:
Robert Praus, II
President
(505) 245-9970
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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