SAN DIEGO (Space Micro PR) — At the USAF Space Pitch Day, Space Micro received a $3M award by the USAF Space and Missile Center (SMC) for the development of modified laser secure communications terminals to be used for upcoming Air Force missions.
The U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) conducted its Pitch Day to enable the quick acquisition of technologies for military use. Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics has championed these rapid acquisition events.
Space Micro’s µLCT 100 Laser Communication Terminal operates at a phenomenal data rate of 100 Gbps. It is based on space-qualified, Telcordia-grade 1550 nm telecom components and boasts a SEL threshold of > 60 MeV-cm2/mg, SEFI immunity, and 30 krads(Si) total ionizing dose tolerance, with the option of reaching up to 100 krads(Si). Space Micro’s µLCT 100 comprises an optical modem, optical power amplifiers, pointing, acquisition and tracking (PAT) electronics and an optical head. The µLCT 100 can be used as an OISL (Optical Inter-Satellite Link), a spacecraft to ground link or a spacecraft to UAV link.
SMC commander and USAF Space program executive officer Lt. Gen. John Thompson said, “The Air Force is leveraging ...