NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 20-1- Z8.02-6848
 Communications and Navigation for Distributed Small Spacecraft Beyond LEO
 Visible Light Communications for Distributed Space Systems
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
274 East Eau Gallie Boulevard, Suite 140
Indian Harbour Beach , FL 32938
(321) 482-4944

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Dr. William Edmonson
274 East Eau Gallie Blvd Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
(321) 482-4944

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Dr. Donald Platt
274 East Eau Gallie Blvd Ste 140 Indian Harbour Beach , FL 32938 - 4874
(321) 243-4633
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

 The proposed research goal is to develop a visible light communication system that will enable an inter-satellite communication (ISC) system for a large number of heterogeneous small satellites to provide robust, flexible and high data rate communication. This will enable command, control, configuration, and information processing in real-time. Though the focus of this proposed work is to enable ISC, due to the fact that transmitting information based around free space optics is less susceptible to radiation effects it can also be used in extreme environments of the moon and Mars. This would allow the development of planetary sensor networks and Internet of Things (IoT) operations without interruptions in communication due to strong solar winds and other radiation events.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

This application would eliminate the need for heavy wire bundles as well as potential electro-magnetic interference created as high-speed data travels along databuses with a spacecraft.  Future satellite systems require increasing datarates since instruments are increasing in the volume and bandwidth of data generated.  This is true for both sensing/remote sensing spacecraft.  Our ISC system can enable high speed links for extreme bandwidth constellations of small satellites currently being developed and proposed.  

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Potential future applications for the system include terrestrial optics-based high speed data links in ground, undersea or air transportation systems. Underwater communication is currently limited in bandwidth due to RF systems being significantly attenuated in water so that optical systems are an extremely viable alternative.

Duration: 6

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