NASA SBIR 2015 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 15-2 H9.01-8987
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Long Range Optical Telecommunications
PROPOSAL TITLE: Single-Photon Lasercom Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Voxtel, Inc.
15985 Northwest Schendel Avenue, Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006 - 6703
(971) 223-5646

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Adam Lee
15985 NW Schendel Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97006 - 6703
(971) 223-5646

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Debra Ozuna
15985 Northwest Schendel Avenue, Suite 200
Beaverton, OR 97006 - 6703
(971) 223-5646

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)
To satisfy NASA?s deep-space communications needs, a 128 x 128-element readout integrated circuit (ROIC) will be developed for integration with Geiger-mode (Gm) avalanche photodiode (APD) detector arrays. The ROIC features integrated imaging, background subtraction, and time-resolved (sub-nanosecond) photon-counting functionality. The ROIC, when integrated with InGaAs Gm-APD arrays, will enable acquisition, tracking, and ranging of the 1064 nm ? 1570 nm optical radiation used in free-space optical links. This ROIC development will enable the manufacture of highly functional single-photon focal-plane arrays, offering the capability to reduce laser beacon power 100 times over analog optical detector arrays. In Phase II, the ROIC design will be completed, fabricated using a domestic CMOS process, and fully tested and characterized using a detector array. It will allow, in subsequent program phases, InGaAs Gm-APD focal-plane arrays to be fabricated.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary focus of this effort is the development of a custom photon counting ROIC design for space optical communications. NASA?s Space The primary focus of this effort is the development of a custom photon-counting ROIC technology for use in space optical communications. NASA?s Space Communications and Navigation Program Office identified optical communications as an important technology for NASA missions, allowing enhanced volume and quality of data returned from the farthest reaches of space to be achieved in preparation for future human deep-space exploration missions. Although several missions have validated optical communications from low-Earth and geostationary orbit, the unique challenges of deep-space optical links still require separate risk-retiring technology demonstrations before implementing inner-orbit communication. The innovation will also enable a variety of other low-light-level and time-resolved imaging applications?including lunar and planetary hazard-avoidance and landing systems, automated rendezvous and docking in space, and in situ instrumentation.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Time-resolved ROICs are at the core of optical communication and laser detection and ranging (LADAR) systems. On Earth, free-space optical communication transceivers are required to enable reliable two-way datalinks. Increased functionality in LADAR receivers enables adaptive cruise control, surveillance, restricted-area event alerts, object identification, day-night-rain-fog imaging, aviation takeoff and landing, mid-air refueling, terrain mapping, autonomous navigation, smart-intersection monitoring and control, unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned air systems and vehicles, machine vision, hazard material detection and handling, and underwater 3D imaging.

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.)
3D Imaging
Circuits (including ICs; for specific applications, see e.g., Communications, Networking & Signal Transport; Control & Monitoring, Sensors)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Image Capture (Stills/Motion)

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