NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 18-1- Z8.02-6032
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Communications for Distributed Small Spacecraft Beyond LEO
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Technologies Enabling Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM)
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive
Herndon , VA 20171-4603
(703) 471-7671

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mr. Nigel Martin
nmartin@fibertek.com
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Tracy Perinis
tperinis@fibertek.com
13605 Dulles Technology Drive Herndon, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 4
Technical Abstract

This proposed SBIR is to develop new ultra-low SWaP-c technology that can transform Fibertek's compact laser terminal (CLCT) for low earth orbits into a Distributed Spacecraft Missions (DSM) terminal capable of laser communications and ranging to support small satellite intersatellite links (ISLs) as well as deep space downlinks to Earth or relay satellites. The technologies developed address a pointing solution that will allow multi-link connectivity with 4pi steradian coverage. We also propose to develop a rate and peak power adaptable SCPPM transceiver card that enables high data rate at close range and the ability to operate long range to support very large constellations or a linear train of science satellites as examples. The proposed technology leverages investments in a high TRL laser terminal made by NASA and commercial industry and enables a distributed small satellite mesh network at long ranges.

Potential NASA Applications

- NASA state-of-the-art mesh networked lasercom to support SCaN deployment of optical coms

- Near Earth science missions – Small sat earth science lidar, radar, optical 

- Deep space & Heliophysics – Space weather, sun studies, Mars network,  Asteroid and small body science

- Lunar orbital networks with lunar uplink, orbital distribution and downlink to earth

- Future NASA SmallSat and CubeSat constellations needing optical coms for high data rates i.e. multispectral imaging sensors and radar

Potential Non-NASA Applications

- Commercial space lasercom community needs space mesh networks to support earth resources data business

- DoD and U.S. Government for intelligence and contested, RF denied environments

- High data-rate, low cost commercial optical communications from LEO/GEO satellites

- High data-rate real-time feed from multiple UAVs via LEO/GEO crosslinks 

 


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