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Design of satellite terminal for Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) lasercom technology demonstration
Author(s): Eric J. Korevaar; Rudolf J. Hofmeister; John J. Schuster; C. Chow-Miller; Prasanna Adhikari; Harel Hakakha; D. Cuthbert; Richard Ruigrok
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Paper Abstract

Laser communications offers the potential for transferring information at data rates higher than 1 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) between satellites, aircraft, and ground sites using terminals with weights between 15 and 30 pounds, and volumes less than 1 cubic foot. The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO), contracting through the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Command, has been funding the development of laser communications technology and demonstration hardware. Applications of near term interest include inter-satellite crosslinks, Low Earth Orbit satellite downlinks to the ground, and Aircraft-to-Aircraft crosslinks. To demonstrate the capability and readiness of laser communications for these applications, we are building a space capable laser communications terminal to be flown on BMDO's STRV-2 experiment with a projected launch date in 1997. The design of that terminal is based on direct modulation of semiconductor lasers, direct detection using avalanche photodiodes, separate acquisition/tracking and communications wavelengths, separate transmit and receive apertures, and a simple optical transceiver package mounted on a hemispherical field of regard gimbal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2381, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207427
Show Author Affiliations
Eric J. Korevaar, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Rudolf J. Hofmeister, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
John J. Schuster, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
C. Chow-Miller, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Prasanna Adhikari, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Harel Hakakha, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
D. Cuthbert, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Richard Ruigrok, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)


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

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