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Laser pointing sensor system for beaconless lasercom
Author(s): Marc T. Jacoby; Aaron J. Swank
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Paper Abstract

Optical Physics Company (OPC) has developed under SBIR Phase II funding an advanced laser pointing sensor system (LPSS) for future integration into the NASA Integrated Radio and Optical Communications (iROC) program. This would enable deep space pointing of high rate communications terminals to earth terminals via beaconless lasercom. The heart of the LPSS is OPC’s patented interferometric star tracker which can provide better than 300 nrad pointing accuracy. This paper will report on the LPSS technology and the upcoming ground field testing to verify the pointing accuracy required for deep space high rate laser communications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10561, Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems VII, 105610K (29 January 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290939
Show Author Affiliations
Marc T. Jacoby, Optical Physics Co. (United States)
Aaron J. Swank, NASA Glenn Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10561:
Next-Generation Optical Communication: Components, Sub-Systems, and Systems VII
Guifang Li; Xiang Zhou, Editor(s)

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