NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- H9.01-6159
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Long Range Optical Telecommunications
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Miniaturized Free Space Optical Communication Transceivers for CubeSats
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Freedom Photonics, LLC
41 Aero Camino
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
(805) 967-4900

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

Name:
Mr. Donald Kebort
E-mail:
dkebort@freedomphotonics.com
Address:
41 Aero Camino Goleta, CA 93117 - 9311
Phone:
(805) 967-4900

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

Name:
Leif Johansson
E-mail:
leif@freedomphotonics.com
Address:
41 Aero Camino Santa Barbara, CA 93117 - 3104
Phone:
(805) 277-3031
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Freedom Photonics proposes to develop revolutionary miniaturized Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) transceivers that are so compact that they are suited for CubeSats. The transceiver will realize low cost, size, weight and power through high power Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology and non-mechanical beam steering technology. Unlike RF, FSOC is inherently power efficient due to the high antenna gain from small optical wavelengths and is hard to detect and intercept. Operating in optical bands with orders of magnitude greater bandwidth, FSOC transceiver would be of great benefit to ease the bandwidth crowding in RF small satellite communications. Compact FSOC transceiver would be of great utility for civilian satellites requiring communication bandwidth without the competition for licensing crowded RF spectrum. Modular orbital FSO relays acting as cross-links and deep-space transceivers would mitigate the atmospheric effects and provide spatial redundancy for ground links.

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

NASA related applications targeted by this program are:
•    Scientific LEO CubeSat-ground communication relieving the RF crowding from ever growing number of CubeSats
•    GEO-LEO cross-links and LEO-Ground uplink relays to mitigate asymmetric atmospheric effects
•    Deep Space-GEO, GEO-LEO, LEO-Ground FSO relays providing spatial redundancy 
 

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

•    Inter-satellite and satellite to ground communications (Satcom)
•    Low Probability of Intercept/Detection (LPI/LPD) communications for Special Operation Forces (SOFs)
•    Temporary deployment of secure high capacity computer networks
•    Broadband access for low density rural communities
•    Mobile communications for disaster and emergency management, Law enforcement and Fire Department

Duration: 6

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