Micro Adaptive-optics Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-10-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: F083-010-0054
Amount: $749,929.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-010
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
3357 Chasen Dr., Cameron Park, CA, 95682
DUNS: 619597995
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Barchers
 (303) 530-2002
Business Contact
 Jeffrey Barchers
Title: President
Phone: (303) 530-2002
Email: jbarchers@nutroninc.com
Research Institution
Free space optical communication (FSOC) links from a UAV to satellite offer an exciting opportunity to provide ultra high data rate bi-directional links (10-40 Gbps) exfiltration of data from in-theatre surveillance assets. For example, the Global Hawk platform could serve as a remote relay station, collecting data from local assets and uplinking the data to satellite network systems. The Global Hawk flies above clouds, thus the only potential limitation of this Concept of Operations (CONOPS) is aero-optical turbulence. Nutronics, Inc.’s Phase I effort performed a system engineering flow down for a 40 Gbps bi-directional link for a Global Hawk platform, deriving requirements for a Micro Adaptive-optics Unit (MAU) Transceiver system that offers single beam uplink and downlink capability, is polarization insensitive, and the only keep out zone is a 10 degree aft cone, which is obstructed by the engine intake and thus not viable for an FSOC link regardless. Nutronics proposes a Phase II effort to address the primary risk area associated with development of the MAU Transceiver – operation of the AO system in a vibrating environment. Nutronics proposed effort has the objective of testing the AO system in a vibrating environment, maturing MAU technology toward flight testing. BENEFIT: The proposed effort has numerous potential benefits and commercial applications, including (but not limited to): laser communication, space situational awareness, astronomical ground based imaging, laser radar, laser rangefinding, air-base defense, ship self-defense, and tactical precision strike

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