Share Email Print
cover

Proceedings Paper

DLR's free space experimental laser terminal for optical aircraft downlinks
Author(s): Christian Fuchs; Christopher Schmidt; Benjamin Rödiger; Amita Shrestha; Martin Brechtelsbauer; Julio Ramirez Molina; Jorge Pacheco; Veronika Gstaiger
Format Member Price Non-Member Price
PDF $14.40 $18.00

Paper Abstract

The German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Communications and Navigation developed the Free Space Experimental Laser Terminal II and has been using it for optical downlink experiments since 2008. It has been developed for DLR’s Dornier 228 aircraft and is capable of performing optical downlink as well as inter-platform experiments. After more than 5 years of successful operation, it has been refurbished with up-to-date hardware and is now available for further aircraft-experiments. The system is a valuable resource for carrying out measurements of the atmospheric channel, for testing new developments, and of course to transmit data from the aircraft to a ground station with a very high data rate. This paper will give an overview about the system and describe the capabilities of the flexible platform. The current status of the system will be described and measurement results of a recent flight campaign will be presented. Finally, an outlook to future use of the system will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 1009610 (24 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254791
Show Author Affiliations
Christian Fuchs, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Christopher Schmidt, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Benjamin Rödiger, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Amita Shrestha, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Martin Brechtelsbauer, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Julio Ramirez Molina, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Jorge Pacheco, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
Veronika Gstaiger, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)


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

© SPIE. Terms of Use
Back to Top