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Progress and plans for the optical communications program at the Jet Propulsion Lab. (JPL)
Author(s): James R. Lesh
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Paper Abstract

Recent accomplishments and programmatic changes in direction of the NASA- funded optical communications project at JPL are discussed. The applications for the technology are first described. The systems and technologies for both the spacecraft optical communications terminals and the supporting optical reception infrastructure are covered. Plans for a comprehensive set of systems-level demonstrations are presented. These include early aircraft and ground demonstrations, a proposed mission enhancement experiment in space, and a planned solicitation for the first (mission definition) phase for a flight hardware development and demonstration of the technology in space contract.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2123, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI, (16 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184649
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James R. Lesh, 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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