High Power Optical Transmitter for Satellite Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-10-C-0072
Agency Tracking Number: F093-044-1949
Amount: $99,332.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-044
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Fibertek, Inc.
510 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA, 20170
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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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