NASA SBIR 2017 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 171 H9.01-8838
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Long Range Optical Telecommunications
PROPOSAL TITLE: Geiger-Mode SiGe Receiver for Long-Range Optical Communications

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Freedom Photonics, LLC
41 Aero Camino
Goleta, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr Daniel Renner
41 Aero Camino
Goleta, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900 Extension :7008

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr. Milan Mashanovitch
41 Aero Camino
Goleta, CA 93117 - 3104
(805) 967-4900 Extension :7003

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
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)
The objective of this program is to develop, demonstrate and implement a photon-counting detector array sensitive in the wavelength range from 1000 nm to 1600 nm, with monolithically integrated time-tagging electronics, suitable for free-space optical communications, where high data volume returns from space missions are critical, such as in the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) and other future NASA missions. Conventional photon counting detector arrays are implemented in either Silicon (Si) or Mecury Cadmium Telluride (HgCdTe), negating detection at wavelengths longer than about 1000 nm in the case of Si or incurring high cost and complexity for HgCdTe. In this program, Freedom Photonics will develop a novel Geiger-mode Silicon Germanium (SiGe) receiver for photon counting applications with increased sensitivity for wavelengths in the range of 1000 nm to 1600 nm, which utilizes standard BiCMOS process, resulting in a low-cost, high-sensitivity, high-speed and radiation hard receiver for long-range optical communications.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Free-Space-Optical (FSO) Communications over long distances at high data rates (multi-Gigabit per second) for NASA planetary missions, lunar missions, satellite-to-satellite on earth orbit, aircraft-to-aircraft.
For example:
> 100 Gbps cis-lunar (Earth or lunar orbit to ground)
> 10 Gbps Earth-sun L1 and L2 orbits
> 1 Gbps per Astronomical Unit (AU) squared, deep space
> 100 Mbps planetary lander to orbit

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Commercial and military applications for:
Satellite-to-satellite and ground-to-satellite communications
Aircraft-to-aircraft and ground-to-aircraft communications
Range-finding and LADAR
Medical 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.)
Ad-Hoc Networks (see also Sensors)
Detectors (see also Sensors)
Entry, Descent, & Landing (see also Planetary Navigation, Tracking, & Telemetry)
Microfabrication (and smaller; see also Electronics; Mechanical Systems; Photonics)
Network Integration
Optical/Photonic (see also Photonics)

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