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1U CubeSat Lasercom Terminal for Deep Space Communication

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX15CM15C
Agency Tracking Number: 144044
Amount: $1,499,306.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Z20.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-31
Small Business Information
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171-4603
United States
DUNS: 107940207
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Albert
 Principle Investigator
 (703) 471-7671
Business Contact
 Tracy Perinis
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 471-7671
Research Institution

In this NASA SBIR-select Phase 2 program Fibertek will develop, test and validate a high-fidelity 1U CubeSat Lasercom Optical Terminal prototype, optimized for deep-space optical communication, and targeting the following characteristics –
(i) Low Size/Weight/Power (SWaP) 1U Lasercom Terminal for deep-space mission (total power budget P<10W is targeted),
(ii) Athermalized optical design of a fiber-coupled laser transmitter to innovative optical telescope for lasercom transmit/receive function,
(iii) quasi-monolithic design and fabrication of the optical assembly with large 65 mm aperture,
(iv) integrated beam point-ahead and beam-pointing stabilization capability,
(v) integrated radiation-tolerant controller card for all control and interface functions for this 1U CubeSat terminal,
(vi) Low power radiation-tolerant FPGA based electronics design, for a reconfigurable and highly capable processing platform, and
(vii) compatible with a CubeSat bus interface with the appropriate ADCS system.

The prototype optical terminal will be tested and characterized in a lab environment, for optical signal sensitivity levels, acquisition field-of-view requirements, and very low jitter pointing stabilization, representative of the requirements for deep-space optical communication link.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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