NASA SBIR 2020-II Solicitation

Proposal Summary

Proposal Information

Proposal Number:
20-2- H9.01-6134
Phase 1 Contract #:
Subtopic Title:
Long Range Optical Telecommunications
Proposal Title:
High Power (50W), 1.5um WDM Fiber Laser Transmitter with Effective FWM Mitigation

Small Business Concern

Fibertek, Inc.
13605 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 471-7671                                                                                                                                                                                

Principal Investigator:

Doruk Engin
13605 Dulles Technology Drive, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671                                                                                                                                                                                

Business Official:

Tracy Perinis
13605 Dulles Technology Drive, VA 20171 - 4603
(703) 471-7671                                                                                                                                                                                

Summary Details:

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Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words):

Fibertek proposes to develop a TRL 6 spaceflight prototype multi-wavelength seed laser module that would scale deep space data rates to 1-2 Gbps. The seed laser is capable of supporting WDM across all CCSDS PPM pulse formats. These enhancements increase the data capacity scaling by >10x over the current state of the art high power WDM transmitter enabling the next generation of high speed DSOC links. In addition, the seed laser module can also be operated using On-Off keying at much higher data rates then PPM. With minor adjustment at >> 100 Gbps using coherent coms can be achieved as well as DPSK waveforms.

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) roadmap for 2025 and beyond shows the need for optical links for Earth, lunar, inter-planetary, and relay networks requiring 10-100x higher data rates than current state-of-the-art space-based optical communications systems. Future laser communications system requirements include data rates >1 Gbps downlink from planetary bodies, and >100 Gbps low-geosynchronous earth orbit (LEO-GEO) networks. To support high-data-rate communications for long-range GEO and inter-planetary missions, a new class of laser communications transmitter is required with high average power (>20 W), high efficiency (>20%), and high peak power (>1 kW)—and capable of 16-ary and 128-ary pulse position modulation (PPM) formats. Wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) systems must also have output power that is spectrally flat with minimal cross-talk.

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

NASA is looking to scale data rates from the 40-80 Mbps available in the current NASA deep space optical communication (DSOC )mission toward 1 Gbps from deep space. This SBIR technology is targeted toward beyond lunar, moon to mars, beyond Mars deep space communications

-NASA Deep Space mission – Mars, asteroid belts and beyond.
-Planetary, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics missions – Space weather, Sun studies out to L1, L2 at 100 Gbps
-Core technology support Terabit per second GEO core networks with upgraded seed laser.

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

This effort supports the need for large data volume, Terabit per second,  DoD and commercial GEO inter-satellite networks and high data volume downlink for next generation LCRD style relay.

-Commercial Terabit per second GEO core high power WDM amplifiers for high speed (100G/channel) ring and mesh relay networks..
-DoD and U.S. Government intelligence communities for high speed senor networks.

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