NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-1 H9.01-8772
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Long Range Optical Telecommunications
PROPOSAL TITLE: Electro-Optically Scanned Micro-Laser Communication Module

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vescent Photonics, Inc.
14998 West 6th Avenue, #700
Golden, CO 80401 - 5025
(303) 296-6766

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scott Davis
14998 W 6th Ave # 700
Golden, CO 80401 - 5025
(303) 296-6766 Extension :53

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ruth McCurry
14998 W 6th Ave # 700
Golden, CO 80401 - 5025
(303) 296-6766 Extension :54

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Long Range Optical Telecommunications 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 SBIR program we will design, test, and deliver ultra-low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) Micro-Laser Communications (MiLC) modules for high bandwidth (> Gbps) free-space data links. These modules will be enabled by Vescent's proprietary and unprecedented electro-optic (EO), non-mechanical laser beamsteerers (up to a 120o x 120o field-of-view possible). Eliminating all moving parts will dramatically reduce SWaP and cost, increase lifetime and reliability, and simplify the system design of lasercom modules. High bandwidth communication links are needed between satellites and ground stations, inter-satellite, and from ground based rovers to satellites. One possible lasercom module will fit within a few cubic inch volume, require less than 1 watt of power and be able to provide ground station tracking (including orbital motion over wide angles and jitter correction) with no moving parts. As advanced scientific instruments burden data loads and spacecraft payloads become increasingly valuable, to keep the information flowing becomes even more challenging. Providing a solution to this problem is the focus of this effort.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This effort is relevant to numerous upcoming NASA missions. For example, as an add-on to the laser communications relay demonstration (LCRD) mission MiLC could be used for demonstrating a LEO-T (ISS) direct-to-ground capability that would fly in 2019. A MiLC mission aboard the ISS could collect data from a GEO satellite and then relay the data to a ground station. Wide angle EO beamsteering would enable longer tracking and therefore longer link times. In phase I we will demonstrate feasibility of LEO-to-ground data-rates > 4 Gbps with a path to 10 Gbps. MiLC is also relevant to NASA's Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) office. For example, MiLC could be incorporated into an Integrated Radio and Optical Communications (iROC) demonstration flight circa 2020. Furthermore, the low SWaP and cost of MiLC could dramatically increase the downlink data rates from miniature satellites such as cube-sats. Lasercom on cube-sats or other miniature satellites could enable "on-demand" distributed networks of numerous down-link points, which would mitigate weather obscurants. This would be a new way of imagining the lasercom "network-in-the-sky". Finally, MiLC could be used as a surface communications asset such as the 2020 rover application wherein it could provide a high bandwidth optical uplink from the rover to the Mars orbiter.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The ultra-compact, low power, and ultimately low cost optical communication systems proposed here have numerous commercial applications. They will be instrumental in last-mile telecommunications environments in urban setting, for field-deployable high-definition video systems for newscasters and sports casters (e.g., high-def coverage of golf tournaments is currently and outstanding challenge), and a variety reconfigurable, low-cost, commercial high-bandwidth data links. Extending the capability to space based platforms will find utility in satellite relay networks, surveillance systems, and general increased communications bandwidths.

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.)
Adaptive Optics
Coding & Compression
Fiber (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Photonics)
Lasers (Communication)
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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