Shock Resistant MEMS Optical Matrix Switch

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0411
Agency Tracking Number: F071-243-2310
Amount: $749,913.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-243
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
15 Cabot Road, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 004841644
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jack Salerno
 President/Chief Scientist
 (781) 935-1200
Business Contact
 Lisa Lamenzo
Title: Contract Administrator
Phone: (781) 935-1200
Research Institution
Future military satellite fiber optic systems require a matrix optical switch for reconfigurability. But to date, no MEMS based switch has been able to withstand the harsh shock and vibration environment of space. Agiltron, Inc., an experienced manufacturer of aerospace qualified optical switches, proposes to realize a new MEMS-based fiber-optic matrix switch capable of vastly improved performance in harsh operating environments. The design will be the first MEMS matrix switch optimized specifically to meet the requirements for use in space on TSAT, and will possess properties of reliability, miniature size, low optical loss, and resistance to shock and vibration not attainable before. Three advances in Agiltron switch technology will be combined to achieve these goals, including a new MEMS actuation mechanism, optimized optical beam formation, and space qualified packaging. The feasibility of the key breakthrough was successfully demonstrated in Phase I; in Phase II we will build and characterize fully functional devices. Agiltron will be joined in Phase II by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems as a no-cost advisor to assist with defining optical switching and insertion requirements for TSAT.

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