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Simultaneous laser ranging and communication from an Earth-based satellite laser ranging station to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in lunar orbit
Author(s): Xiaoli Sun; David R. Skillman; Evan D. Hoffman; Dandan Mao; Jan F. McGarry; Gregory A. Neumann; Leva McIntire; Ronald S. Zellar; Frederic M. Davidson; Wai H. Fong; Michael A. Krainak; Maria T. Zuber; David E. Smith
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Paper Abstract

We report a free space laser communication experiment from the satellite laser ranging (SLR) station at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in lunar orbit through the on board one-way Laser Ranging (LR) receiver. Pseudo random data and sample image files were transmitted to LRO using a 4096-ary pulse position modulation (PPM) signal format. Reed-Solomon forward error correction codes were used to achieve error free data transmission at a moderate coding overhead rate. The signal fading due to the atmosphere effect was measured and the coding gain could be estimated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8610, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV, 861003 (19 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2006645
Show Author Affiliations
Xiaoli Sun, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David R. Skillman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Evan D. Hoffman, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
Dandan Mao, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Jan F. McGarry, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gregory A. Neumann, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Leva McIntire, Catholic Univ. of America (United States)
Ronald S. Zellar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frederic M. Davidson, The Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Wai H. Fong, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Maria T. Zuber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
David E. Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8610:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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