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Non-Mechanical, Electro-Optic Beamsteerers for Space Based Laser Communications

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Non-Mechanical, Electro-Optic Beamsteerers for Space Based Laser Communications, Phase II
In this phase II SBIR we will design, build, test, and deliver extremely low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) non-mechanical, electro-optic (EO) laser beamsteerers that are optimized for space based laser communications (lasercom). These new beamsteerers, which will finally satisfy the decades long dream of providing a viable alternative to opto-mechanics, will controllably steer high power (>10 Watts), low divergence (<100 micoradians) lasers with no moving parts. Novel self-calibrating, closed-loop stabilization techniques will provide very high pointing stability (<10 microradians). The outcome of this SBIR program will provide a critical component to help lasercom fulfill its long-standing scientific and commercial promise. More »

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