NASA SBIR 2010 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 10-1 O1.02-8255
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Reconfigurable/Reprogrammable Communication Systems
PROPOSAL TITLE: Development of a Novel, Ultra-Low SWAP, RAD-Tolerant, Multi-Channel, Reprogrammable Photonic Integrated Circuit Optical Transceiver Module

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Space Photonics, Inc.
700 West Research Center Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701 - 7175
(479) 856-6367

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Matthew Leftwich
700 West Research Center Blvd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701 - 7175
(479) 856-6367

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 3

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
According to Topic O1, titled Space Communications, "NASA's communications capability is based on the premise that communications shall enable and not constrain missions. Communications must be robust to support the numerous missions for space science, Earth science and exploration of the universe. Technologies such as optical communications, RF including antennas and ground based Earth stations, surface networks, access links, reprogrammable communications systems, communications systems for EVAs, advanced antenna technology, transmit array concepts and communications in support of launch services including space based assets are very important to the future of exploration and science activities of the Agency. Emphasis is placed on size, weight and power improvements. Innovative solutions centered around operational issues associated with the communications capability are needed. These technologies are to be aligned with the Space Communications and Navigation Architecture (SCaN)." Therefore, SPI proposes to develop a novel, ultra-low SWAP, multichannel, photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based optical transceiver for data rates up to 10Gbps per channel. It will be designed specifically for the AS1393a networking architecture demonstration; but, may easily be modified, via a change in the protocol/processing FPGA VHDL core, to suit a multitude of high-speed optical networking applications relevant to the NASA SCaN Internet Architecture Vision.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
SPI's optical communications products are designed to specifically target onboard data handling needs of NASA, DoD, and the Intelligence Community's satellite remote sensing applications. Our multi-protocol intelligent networking systems target NASA's SCaN Internet Architecture Program goals. The ultra-low SWAP, reprogrammable opticcal PIC-TRX module proposed will meet the advanced requirements of NASA's SCaN Internet Architecture Program.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The following companies, government primes and agency branches have expressed interest in SPI's fiber optic networking products. RFQ's have been received from Lockheed-Martin - Eagan, Honeywell-DSES, Technobridge-Japan, Boeing, NASA-GSFC, NASA-JPL, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and Southwest Research Institutes. These companies/organizations have expressed great interest in SPI's RAD-tolerant, high-speed fiber optics communications devices.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Ad-Hoc Networks (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Data Input/Output Devices (Displays, Storage)
Data Processing
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Communication)
Network Integration
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)
Routers, Switches
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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