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Control processing system architecture for the Optical Communications Demonstrator
Author(s): LeeAnn Voisinet
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Paper Abstract

A processing system was designed and implemented to support beacon acquisition, precision beam pointing, and command/control functions for the Optical Communications Demonstrator. The central processor operates as a command controlled embedded system, but by blending real-time and linear design techniques, a single digital signal processor handles all spaceborne functions. Real-time functions include operation of a CCD array detector, calculation of centroids, computation of point-ahead error, and execution of a steering mirror servo loop at 2 kHz update rate. Linear functions include command interpretation, diagnostic control of all functions, storage and interpolation of data for acquisition and point-ahead calculation, downlinking of status information, hardware control, transmit laser control, and image capture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2123, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI, (16 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184683
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LeeAnn Voisinet, 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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