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Laser based bi-directional Gbit ground links with the Tesat transportable adaptive optical ground station
Author(s): Frank Heine; Karen Saucke; Daniel Troendle; Matthias Motzigemba; Hermann Bischl; Dominique Elser; Christoph Marquardt; Hennes Henninger; Rolf Meyer; Ines Richter; Zoran Sodnik
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Paper Abstract

Optical ground stations can be an alternative to radio frequency based transmit (forward) and receive (return) systems for data relay services and other applications including direct to earth optical communications from low earth orbit spacecrafts, deep space receivers, space based quantum key distribution systems and Tbps capacity feeder links to geostationary spacecrafts. The Tesat Transportable Adaptive Optical Ground Station is operational since September 2015 at the European Space Agency site in Tenerife, Spain.. This paper reports about the results of the 2016 experimental campaigns including the characterization of the optical channel from Tenerife for an optimized coding scheme, the performance of the T-AOGS under different atmospheric conditions and the first successful measurements of the suitability of the Alphasat LCT optical downlink performance for future continuous variable quantum key distribution systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 100960Y (24 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252826
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Frank Heine, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Karen Saucke, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Daniel Troendle, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Matthias Motzigemba, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Hermann Bischl, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Dominique Elser, Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts (Germany)
Christoph Marquardt, Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts (Germany)
Hennes Henninger, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Rolf Meyer, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Ines Richter, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Zoran Sodnik, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10096:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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