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Status of the European developments for laser intersatellite communications
Author(s): Alexandru F. Popescu; Bernhard Furch
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Agency ESA is developing an optical inter-orbit communication system enabling a link between a low-Earth orbiting (LEO) and a geostationary spacecraft (GEO). This so-called SILEX system allows a transmission of 50 Mbps from LEO to GEO in an experimental and pre-operational mode. The system uses GaAlAs laser diodes operating at 60 mW average power and direct detection. Both terminals are in phase C/D. The terminals will be launched on board the ESA satellite ARTEMIS and the French satellite SPOT 4 with nominal launch dates in 1996 and 1995, respectively. A fully operational data relay satellite DRS 1 will be launched in 1999 to complement the European data relay infrastructure. Apart from the SILEX project the Agency has investigated advanced system concepts to optimize the terminals and to fulfill the data rate requirements of future Earth observation instruments. Results of system studies and ongoing R&D activities in the areas of high-power Nd:YAG lasers and coherent receivers are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1866, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.149239
Show Author Affiliations
Alexandru F. Popescu, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Bernhard Furch, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)

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

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