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Optical networks for earth-space communications and their performance
Author(s): Kamran S. Shaik; Dennis Wonica; Michael D. Wilhelm
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Paper Abstract

This article describes optical subnets of ground based receiving stations for earth-space optical communications. The optical subnet concepts presented here provide full line-of-sight coverage of the ecliptic, 24 hours a day, with high weather availability. The technical characteristics of the optical station and the user terminal are presented as well as the effects of cloud cover, transmittance through the atmosphere, and impact of background noise for day or night time operation upon the communication link. In addition, candidate geographic sites are identified, and a link design for a hypothetical Pluto mission in 2015 is included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1994
PDF: 22 pages
Proc. SPIE 2123, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI, (16 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184644
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Kamran S. Shaik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dennis Wonica, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Wilhelm, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2123:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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