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Optical telecommunications: performance of the qualification model SILEX beacon
Author(s): Michel Renard; Paul J. Dobie; Jacques Gollier; Theo Heinrichs; Pawel Woszczyk; Andre Sobeczko
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Paper Abstract

The Beacon is a powerful non-coherent CW infra-red laser source which is developed under the Semi-conductor Inter-satellite Link Experiment (SILEX). It will provide a high divergence beam used during the first tracking acquisition sequence of the Spot 4/Artemis optical communication link. The Beacon uses high efficiency anamorphic couplers to deliver output from 19 laser diodes into a single multi-mode Mixing Fiber, the exit of which is integrated at the focal plane of a collimator. Beacon output is maintained at the required level during unit life using an Optical Monitoring System and a Beacon output Tele-Command. The Engineering Qualification Model is now complete and overall performance with respect to the SILEX requirements is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2381, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207412
Show Author Affiliations
Michel Renard, Spacebel Instrumentation SA (Belgium)
Paul J. Dobie, Spacebel Instrumentation SA (Belgium)
Jacques Gollier, Spacebel Instrumentation SA (Belgium)
Theo Heinrichs, Spacebel Instrumentation SA (Belgium)
Pawel Woszczyk, Spacebel Instrumentation SA (Belgium)
Andre Sobeczko, Spacebel Instrumentation SA (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2381:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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