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Lightweight high-data-rate laser communications terminal for low-earth-orbit satellite constellations
Author(s): Robert G. Marshalek; David L. Begley
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Paper Abstract

An optical terminal is described that supports bi-directional communications among a constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites. The concept uses AlGaAs semiconductor diode master oscillator/power amplifier laser transmitters, a silicon charge-coupled device array for acquisition and fine tracking, and a silicon avalanche photodiode for 1-Gbps communications over a 4000-km range. The 19-lb laser terminal consumes 31 watts of peak spacecraft power.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2381, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207428
Show Author Affiliations
Robert G. Marshalek, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
David L. Begley, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)


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

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