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Test results and calculations of ion-induced bit error rates for fiber-based data links in orbital satellite environments
Author(s): Paul W. Marshall; Cheryl J. Dale; Martin A. Carts; Kenneth A. LaBel
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Paper Abstract

We consider space radiation effects in components and subsystems for fiber based satellite data links and busses. These busses are designed for telemetry and command as well as payload applications spanning data rates from Mbps to Gbps. We emphasize measurements of single particle transient effects in optoelectronic components as they impact the bit error ratio. Test data are analyzed to demonstrate the bit error rate dependence on the particle energy and particle flux as well as receiver electrical characteristics. We conclude that the many advantages of fiber based data links and busses will soon be made available for emerging satellite requirements to transmit data reliability at rates from a few Kbps into the Gbps regime.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2215, Photonics for Space Environments II, (8 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177627
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Paul W. Marshall, SFA, Inc. and Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Cheryl J. Dale, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Martin A. Carts, SFA, Inc. and Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth A. LaBel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2215:
Photonics for Space Environments II
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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