Micro-Laser Communications Modules

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,575.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CC54P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
125659
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H9.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CO, Denver, CO, 80216-4401
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
112697136
Principal Investigator:
Scott Davis
VP Technology
(303) 296-6766
davis@vescent.com
Business Contact:
Scott Rommel
Business Official
(303) 296-6766
rommel@vescent.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
High bandwidth communication links are needed between satellites and ground stations, inter-satellite, and to airborne assets. As data loads increase and satellites available payloads decrease keeping the information flowing becomes even more challenging. In this SBIR program we will design and demonstrate the feasibility of ultra-low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) Micro-Laser Communications (MiLC) modules for high bandwidth (up to Gbps or possibly much higher) data links between miniature satellites (e.g. cube-sats), and ground stations, satellite clusters, and/or airborne assets. One possible laser comm. modules will fit within a few cubic inch volume, require less than 1 watt of power and be able to provide ground station tracking (including orbital motion over wide angles and jitter correction) with a>100 Mbps downlink and no moving parts. Higher bandwidths are possible with trade-offs. This will be enabled by replacing heavy and power consumptive mechanical scanners with new, game changing wide angle (120o x 120o), electro-optic laser scanners.

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