NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 Z20.01-9956
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Deep Space Cubesat Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: 1U CubeSat Lasercom Terminal for Deep Space Communication

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Shantanu Gupta
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tracy Perinis
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Deep Space Cubesat Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
In this NASA SBIR-select Phase 1 program Fibertek, Inc., proposes the design, optimization, and analysis of a 1U CubeSat Lasercom Optical Terminal, optimized for deep-space colmmunication links, and targeting the following characteristics – (i) Low Size/Weight/Power (SWaP) 1U Lasercom Terminal for deep-space mission (total power budget P<5W is targeted), (ii) Athermalized optical design of a fiber-coupled optical telescope for lasercom transmit/receive function, (iii) Innovative monolithic design and fabrication of the optical assembly with large 6.5-cm 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) Use of integrated simulation & modeling tools (optical, thermal, vibration, jitter-control, etc.) for detailed design analysis, and to assist in future hardware-in-the-loop testing of critical functions to validate performance, prior to prototype build and test.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) 1U CubeSat lasercom optical terminal for deep-space and inter-planetary missions
(2) Compact, efficient space lasercom optical terminal for LEO/GEO platforms
(3) Optical terminal design can be adapted for active remote-sensing of planetary atmospheres.
(4) Optical terminal can be used for lidar based entry-descent & landing, as all needed functionalities - laser transmit/receive, processing, and optical telescope are already available
(5) Compact and cost-effective optical terminal for potential imaging applications from CubeSat or SmallSat platforms

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
(1) Compact, efficient LEO-GEO space lasercom optical terminal for DoD applications, e.g. AF, NRO
(2) Compact, efficient lasercom optical terminal for UAV ?{ satellite applications
(3) Can be adapted for any optical terminal needs for SmallSat platform on hosted payloads.

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.)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Astronautics)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Communication)
Lasers (Ladar/Lidar)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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