High Power Optical Transmitter for Satellite Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$99,332.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8750-10-C-0072
Agency Tracking Number:
F093-044-1949
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF093-044
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
510 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA, 20170
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
107940207
Principal Investigator
 Frank Kimpel
 Principal Engineer
 (703) 471-7671
 fkimpel@fibertek.com
Business Contact
 Guy Beaghler
Title: President
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Email: gbeaghler@fibertek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Fibertek proposes an agile pulse- and modulation-format fiber-optic transmitter, that is compatible with free-space optical communication protocols, and is consistent with a space qualifiable roadmap. This leverages our recent and ongoing work on high power (Pavg > 10W) fiber-optic transmitters as well as WDM transmitters, to enable scaling to >10Gb/s links. Furthermore, careful choice of high-reliability and radiation tolerant fiber-optic component technologies will facilitate transition to a space qualifiable prototype. BENEFIT: (1) Ultrahigh bandwidth links via satellite between UAVs and ground control stations (2) Real-time links via LEO/GEO satellites for improved situational awareness (3) Alternative to existing RF satellite links for commercial customers

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