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LLCD operations using the Lunar Lasercom Ground Terminal
Author(s): Daniel V. Murphy; Jan E. Kansky; Matthew E. Grein; Robert T. Schulein; Matthew M. Willis; Robert E. Lafon
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Paper Abstract

The Lunar Lasercom Ground Terminal (LLGT) is the primary ground terminal for NASA’s Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD), which demonstrated for the first time high-rate duplex laser communication between Earth and satellite in orbit around the Moon. The LLGT employed a novel architecture featuring an array of telescopes and employed several novel technologies including a custom PM multimode fiber and high-performance cryogenic photon-counting detector arrays. An overview of the LLGT is presented along with selected results from the recently concluded LLCD.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8971, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI, 89710V (6 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2045509
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel V. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jan E. Kansky, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Matthew E. Grein, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert T. Schulein, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Matthew M. Willis, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert E. Lafon, 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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