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Overview of laser communication technologies at Rome Laboratory
Author(s): Timothy E. Busch; Paul J. Oleski; Kevin W. Dorrian; Donald J. Nicholson
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Paper Abstract

Space based optical communications offer several advantages over traditional RF systems. They include: smaller beam divergence, smaller antennas, higher data rates, low probability of intercept, reduced EMI, and low probability of jamming. Additionally, the potentials for light weight, small volume and low power terminals make laser communications a consideration for several potential DOD programs. There have been may proposed configurations for both the laser communication terminal and the satellite network but architectures have remained fairly fluid. Despite these changes, there are several enabling technologies that must be fostered to meet program requirements. Efforts at Rome Lab are currently directed to the development of higher powered laser transmitters; rapid and accurate pointing, acquisition, and tracking systems; multiple channel operation; and sensitive low noise receivers. This paper will provide an overview of these efforts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2123, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI, (16 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184660
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy E. Busch, Rome Lab. (United States)
Paul J. Oleski, Rome Lab. (United States)
Kevin W. Dorrian, Rome Lab. (United States)
Donald J. Nicholson, Rome Lab. (United States)


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

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