Free Space Optical Connections for Airborne On-the-Move Nodes at High Data Rates Over Extended Distances

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-10-C-B605
Agency Tracking Number: A092-065-0430
Amount: $119,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09-065
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
SA Photonics
130 Knowles Drive, Suite A, Los Gatos, CA, 95032
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Coward
 Chief Technical Officer
 (415) 977-0553
 j.coward@saphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Michael Browne
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (408) 348-4426
Email: m.browne@saphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
UAVs offer a low cost, highly capable aerial platform that can be used without risk to aircrews. The value of the RQ-4 Global Hawk and the MQ-1C Warrior in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the war in Afghanistan, has been well publicized. New, high resolution sensor payloads and an overall increase in network connectivity demand is generating more required bandwidth than existing RF/Microwave links can deliver to UAV missions. Free Space Optical communications (FSO) offer unprecedented bandwidth, but must overcome unique challenges associated with atmospheric channel fading and require precise beam steering to illuminate far-end apertures with their very narrow beams. SA Photonics has developed “Raptor”, its comprehensive solution to ultra-high bandwidth On-the-Move FSO communications. Raptor provides up to 10Gbps of scalable bandwidth, with unprecedented immunity to atmospheric interference. By combining advanced modulation technology to reduce power by 5X, with our AccuPoint and BeamDirector beam steering systems which reduce size by 5X, Raptor delivers significant cost, size, weight and power advantages over other approaches. SA Photonics Raptor systems, when deployed, will enable ultra-high bandwidth UAV missions, and will not be burdened by the frequency regulations and bandwidth congestion currently experienced with RF/Microwave links.

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