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Deep space laser communications
Author(s): Abhijit Biswas; Joseph M. Kovalik; Meera Srinivasan; Matthew Shaw; Sabino Piazzolla; Malcolm W. Wright; William H. Farr
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Paper Abstract

A number of laser communication link demonstrations from near Earth distances extending out to lunar ranges have been remarkably successful, demonstrating the augmented channel capacity that is accessible with the use of lasers for communications. The next hurdle on the path to extending laser communication and its benefits throughout the solar system and beyond is to demonstrate deep-space laser communication links. In this paper, concepts and technology development being advanced at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in order to enable deep-space link demonstrations to ranges of approximately 3 AU in the next decade, will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2016
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9739, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVIII, 97390Q (15 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2217428
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph M. Kovalik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Meera Srinivasan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Matthew Shaw, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sabino Piazzolla, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Malcolm W. Wright, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William H. Farr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9739:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVIII
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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