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ALGS: design and testing of an earth-to-satellite optical transceiver
Author(s): Donald J. Davis; Robert B. Deadrick; Jim R. Stahlman
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Paper Abstract

The Atlantic Laser Ground Station (ALGS) is an optical transceiver developed to provide initial checkout and calibration of Laser Crosslink Subsystem (LCS) equipped satellites. The ALGS consists of laser, optics and electronics integrated into the Phillips Laboratory Malabar Test Facility near Malabar, Florida. The laser transmitter consists of three separate laser systems, one of which is a modified Quantronix Model 117 lamp pumped Nd:YAG used as a beacon for the LCS to acquire and track. The receiver consists of a package of relay optics and avalanche photodiodes mounted on a facility's 1.2 meter diameter telescope. Results of optical wrap-around tests, tests reflecting off of passive satellites, and tests involving active transceiving with the laser radar package on the SDIO DM 43 satellite are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1866, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies V, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.149247
Show Author Affiliations
Donald J. Davis, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Robert B. Deadrick, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Jim R. Stahlman, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)

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

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