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Overview and results of the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration
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Paper Abstract

From mid-October through mid-November 2013, NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) successfully demonstrated for the first time duplex laser communications between a satellite in lunar orbit, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), and ground stations on the Earth. It constituted the longest-range laser communication link ever built and demonstrated the highest communication data rates ever achieved to or from the Moon. The system included the development of a novel space terminal, a novel ground terminal, two major upgrades of existing ground terminals, and a capable and flexible ground operations infrastructure. This presentation will give an overview of the system architecture and the several terminals, basic operations of both the link and the whole system, and some typical results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8971, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI, 89710S (6 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2045508
Show Author Affiliations
Don M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Bryan S. Robinson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel V. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Dennis A. Burianek, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Farzana Khatri, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Joseph M. Kovalik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Zoran Sodnik, European Space Research and Technology Ctr. (Netherlands)
Donald M. Cornwell, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8971:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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