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The quick acquisition technique for laser communication between LEO and GEO
Author(s): Li-zhong Zhang; Rui-qin Zhang; Yong-hao Li; Li-xin Meng; Xiao-ming Li
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Paper Abstract

The sight-axis alignment can be accomplished by the quick acquisition operation between two laser communication terminals, which is the premise of establishing a free-space optical communication link. Especially for the laser communication links of LEO (Low Earth Orbit)-Ground and LEO-GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit), since the earth would break the transmission of laser and break the communication as well, so the effective time for each communication is very shot (several minutes~ dozens of minutes), as a result the communication terminals have to capture each other to rebuild the laser communication link. In the paper, on the basis of the analysis of the traditional methods, it presents a new idea that using the long beacon light instead of the circular beacon light; thereby the original of two-dimensional raster spiral scanning is replaced by one-dimensional scanning. This method will reduce the setup time and decrease the failure probability of acquisition for the LEO-GEO laser communication link. Firstly, the analysis of the external constraint conditions in the acquisition phase has been presented in this paper. Furthermore, the acquisition algorithm models have been established. The optimization analysis for the parameters of the acquisition unit has been carried out, and the ground validation experiments of the acquisition strategy have also been performed. The experiments and analysis show that compared with traditional capturing methods, the method presented in this article can make the capturing time be shortened by about 40%, and the failure probability of capturing be reduced by about 30%. So, the method is significant for the LEO-GEO laser communication link.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8906, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2013: Laser Communication Technologies and Systems, 890621 (21 August 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2034669
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Li-zhong Zhang, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Rui-qin Zhang, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Yong-hao Li, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Li-xin Meng, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Xiao-ming Li, Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8906:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2013: Laser Communication Technologies and Systems
Keith E. Wilson; Jing Ma; Liren Liu; Huilin Jiang; Xizheng Ke, Editor(s)

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