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Future trends in crosslink communications
Author(s): Wayne R. Fenner
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Paper Abstract

Lasers are now over thirty years old. In the years immediately following their first demonstration many potential uses were postulated and communications was at or near the top of most lists. Indeed, simple communication demonstrations using lasers were the stock-in- trade of many laboratory open houses during the '60s and '70s. However, as is often the case with new discoveries, much ancillary development must occur before the potential can be usefully exploited in practical systems--and this has certainly been the case with communications via laser beams. I personally believe that all of the pieces exist for practical space laser communication systems. However, funding constraints and the existence of a mature microwave (RF) technology base have contributed to a slow acceptance of laser crosslinks in space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1866, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.149229
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Wayne R. Fenner, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1866:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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