Compact Radio Frequency-to-Optical Transmitter for Airborne Military Environments
Navy SBIR 2019.1 - Topic N191-006
NAVAIR - Ms. Donna Attick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opens: January 8, 2019 - Closes: February 6, 2019 (8:00 PM ET)
AREA(S): Air Platform, Electronics
PROGRAM: PMA234 Airborne Electronic Attack Systems
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Develop and package a radio frequency (RF) to optical transmitter in a compact
form factor, operating at 1.55 micron wavelengths, for wideband RF photonics
Current airborne military (mil-aero) communications and electronic warfare
systems require ever increasing bandwidths while simultaneously requiring
reductions in space, weight, and power (SWaP). The replacement of the coaxial
cable used in various onboard RF/analog applications with RF/analog fiber optic
links will provide increased immunity to electromagnetic interference,
reduction in size and weight, and an increase in bandwidth. To accomplish this,
transmitter modules are required to integrate lasers, optical modulators, bias
control, and electronics in a compact form factor that can meet extended
temperature range requirements (-40°C to 100°C) of the mil-aero environment.
I: Design and develop an approach for the compact optical transmitter. Demonstrate
feasibility of laser and modulator performance required as well as integration
and electronic circuits strategies showing the path to meeting Phase II goals.
Design and analyze a transmitter package prototype. The Phase I effort will
include prototype plans to be developed under Phase II.
II: Optimize and fabricate a packaged transmitter prototype based on the Phase
I design. Build the transmitter and test to meet design specifications in an RF
photonic link with the minimum performance levels reached. Characterize the
packaged transmitter over temperature and air platform thermal shock,
temperature cycling, vibration, and mechanical shock spectrum. If necessary,
perform root cause analysis and remediate package failures.
III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Qualify the packaged transmitter prototype and
transition to manufacturing. Commercial applications include wireless networks
based on remoted antennas; and analog optical sensors. Specifically, the
Telecom Industry would benefit from successful technology development.
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Photonics.” Wiley Series in Microwave and Optical Engineering, 2015. ISBN:
978-1-118-29320-1. DOI: 10.1002/9781119029816
MIL-STD-810G, Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests. http://everyspec.com/MIL-STD/MIL-STD-0800-0899/MIL-STD-810G_12306/
MIL-STD-883K, DoD Test Method Standard Microcircuits. http://www.dscc.dla.mil/downloads/milspec/docs/mil-std-883/std883.pdf
MIL-STD-1678, Fiber Optic Cabling Systems Requirements and Measurements. http://www.landandmaritime.dla.mil/programs/milspec/ListDocs.aspx?BasicDoc=MIL-STD-1678
MIL-STD-38534J, General Specification for Hybrid Microcircuits. http://www.landandmaritime.dla.mil/programs/milspec/ListDocs.aspx?BasicDoc=MIL-PRF-38534
DO-160F Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment. http://www.rtca.org/store_product.asp?prodid=759-
Radio Frequency-Over-Fiber; Transmitter; Laser; Modulator; Integrated;