This task will develop a flight terminal prototype of a 1.5 U lasercom terminal.
The innovation relies heavily on a “reduced complexity” flight terminal with sound functionality yet compact enough to fit within a module of a standard CubeSat. For the optical telescope, which consumes the most volume, we envision use of a recently patented “monolithic telescope." The laser transmitter is based on an advanced miniaturized fiber amplifier. For the modem, a JPL-developed deep-space lasercom modem design will be slightly modified, to remove unrelated features, for use with the CubeSat terminal.More »
Increased science return
Increased competitiveness and data return for smallsats
Increased data return for smallsatsMore »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Pasadena, California|