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Optical Engineering

Hybrid optical radio frequency airborne communications
Author(s): Zachary C. Bagley; David H. Hughes; Juan C. Juarez; David W. Young; Paul J. Kolodzy; Todd Martin; Malcolm J. Northcott; H. Alan Pike; Ned D. Plasson; Brian K. Stadler; Larry B. Stotts
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Paper Abstract

Optical RF Communications Adjunct Program flight test results provide validation of the theoretical models and hybrid optical radio frequency (RF) airborne system concepts developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. Theoretical models of the free-space optical communications (FSOC), RF, and network components accurately predict the flight test results under a wide range of day and night operating conditions. The FSOC system, including the adaptive optics and optical modem, can operate under high turbulence conditions. The RF and network mechanisms of Layer 2 retransmission and failover provide increased reliability, reducing end-to-end packet error rates. Overall the test results show that stable, long-range FSOC is possible and practical for near-term operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2012
PDF: 26 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(5) 055006 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.5.055006
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
Zachary C. Bagley, L-3 Communication Systems-West (United States)
David H. Hughes, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Juan C. Juarez, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
David W. Young, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Paul J. Kolodzy, Kolodzy Consulting (United States)
Todd Martin, Science and Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Malcolm J. Northcott, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
H. Alan Pike, Defense Strategies and Systems, Inc. (United States)
Ned D. Plasson, Fusion-io (United States)
Brian K. Stadler, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Larry B. Stotts, Stotts Consulting (United States)

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