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Full-scale laboratory breadboard model of a free-space laser transceiver package
Author(s): Peter Huber; Werner Reiland; Volker Klein; Alexandru F. Popescu
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Paper Abstract

The design, assembly and testing of the laboratory breadboard model of a CO2 laser free-space transceiver terminal with full scale optics have been successfully developed at comparatively low cost. The transceiver has a 140 Mbit/s communication subsystem and a spatial pointing, acquisition, and tracking subsystem. The most important test results are presented and their relevance for other free-space communication systems using different laser technologies is pointed out. A comparison to specifications for intersatellite and interorbit link applications is used to show the basic feasibility of optical space communications and to point out areas which need technological improvements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1218, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18232
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Huber, Battelle Europe (Germany)
Werner Reiland, Battelle Europe (Germany)
Volker Klein, Battelle Europe (Germany)
Alexandru F. Popescu, ESA/ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1218:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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