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Optical subsystem of the small optical user terminal (SOUT)
Author(s): Jeffrey Lewis; Paul V. Gatenby; Guy C. Baister
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Agency is developing a small optical intersatellite link terminal under the Small Optical User Terminal (SOUT) program led by British Aerospace. This has mass of around 25 kg and is based on GaAlAs diode laser technology. Special features include a periscopic coarse pointing assembly, small refractive telescope, combined acquisition and tracking sensor, fiber coupled laser transmitter, and double-sided optical bench. The optical configuration which allows these features to be combined is described and the main optical design drivers are highlighted. In particular, details of the optical components and optical bench layout are described. The status of the SOUT breadboard currently under development is also reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2210, Space Optics 1994: Space Instrumentation and Spacecraft Optics, (30 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188100
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey Lewis, British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Paul V. Gatenby, British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Guy C. Baister, British Aerospace Space Systems Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2210:
Space Optics 1994: Space Instrumentation and Spacecraft Optics
Thierry M. Dewandre; Joachim J. Schulte-in-den-Baeumen; Emmanuel Sein, Editor(s)

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