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A prototype coarse pointing mechanism for laser communication
Author(s): Eric D. Miller; Michael DeSpenza; Ilya Gavrilyuk; Graham Nelson; Brent Erickson; Britney Edwards; Ethan Davis; Tony Truscott
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Paper Abstract

Laser communication systems promise orders-of-magnitude improvement in data throughput per unit SWaP (size, weight and power) compared to conventional RF systems. However, in order for lasercom to make sense economically as part of a worldwide connectivity solution, the cost per terminal still needs to be significantly reduced. In this paper, we describe a coarse pointing mechanism that has been designed with an emphasis on simplicity, making use of conventional materials and commercial off-the-shelf components wherever possible. An overview of the design architecture and trades is presented, along with various results and practical lessons learned during prototype integration and test.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 100960S (24 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264086
Show Author Affiliations
Eric D. Miller, Facebook Inc. (United States)
Michael DeSpenza, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)
Ilya Gavrilyuk, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)
Graham Nelson, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)
Brent Erickson, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)
Britney Edwards, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)
Ethan Davis, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)
Tony Truscott, Quartus Engineering Inc. (United States)


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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