NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-2 H9.01-8772
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Long Range Optical Telecommunications
PROPOSAL TITLE: Non-Mechanical, Electro-Optic Beamsteerers for Space Based Laser Communications

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 R Davis
14998 West 6th Ave #700
Golden, CO 80401 - 5025
(303) 296-6766

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Scott Rommel
14998 West 6th Avenue, #700
Golden, CO 80401 - 5025
(303) 296-6766

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

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 phase II SBIR we will design, build, test, and deliver extremely low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) non-mechanical, electro-optic (EO) laser beamsteerers that are optimized for space based laser communications (lasercom). These new beamsteerers, which will finally satisfy the decades long dream of providing a viable alternative to opto-mechanics, will controllably steer high power (>10 Watts), low divergence (<100 micoradians) lasers with no moving parts. Novel self-calibrating, closed-loop stabilization techniques will provide very high pointing stability (<10 microradians). The outcome of this SBIR program will provide a critical component to help lasercom fulfill its long-standing scientific and commercial promise.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The potential benefit to NASA missions include: i) Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) which is part of the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Program, ii) the OPALS mission (Optical Payload for Lasercom Science) which will be a demonstration mission for optical communications from the ISS, iii) the optical comm trunkline on Mars 2022/2024 orbiter as a follow on to a Deep Space Optical Communications 2020 demo, iv) deep space cubesat optical links, and v) planetary lander/rover optical proximity link demo on future Mars sample return missionFurthermore, this development is in alignment with NASA technology roadmaps and addresses NASA technology grand challenges by drastically increasing space communication link capacity at LEO/GEO.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The ultra-compact, low power, and low cost optical communication systems that will be enabled by the non-mechanical beamsteerers 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 and a variety of 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. The beamsteerers also have additional potential for laser rangers, scanned illuminators, designators, and many more.

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)
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Lasers (Communication)
Navigation & Guidance
Relative Navigation (Interception, Docking, Formation Flying; see also Control & Monitoring; Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Space Transportation & Safety
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)
Waveguides/Optical Fiber (see also Optics)

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