NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-2 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 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.

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 to satellite applications
(3) Can be adapted for any optical terminal (Transmit/Receive) needs for a 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.)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Communication)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)

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