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Laser communications for human space exploration in cislunar space: ILLUMA-T and O2O
Author(s): B. S. Robinson; T. Shih; F. I. Khatri; D. M. Boroson; J. W. Burnside; O. Guldner; S. Constantine; J. Torres; T. M. Yarnall; C. E. DeVoe; W. Hubbard; D. J. Geisler; M. L. Stevens; O. Mikulina; N. W. Spellmeyer; J. P. Wang; R. Butler; M. Hogan; T. King; A. Seas
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Paper Abstract

In recent years, NASA has been developing a scalable, modular space terminal architecture to provide low-cost laser communications for a wide range of near-Earth applications. This development forms the basis for two upcoming demonstration missions. The Integrated Low-Earth Orbit Laser Communications Relay Demonstration User Modem and Amplifier Optical Communications Terminal (ILLUMA-T) will develop a user terminal for platforms in low-Earth orbit which will be installed on the International Space Station and demonstrate relay laser communications via NASA’s Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD) in geo-synchronous orbit. The Orion EM-2 Optical Communication Demonstration (O2O) will develop a terminal which will be installed on the first manned launch of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle and provide direct-to-Earth laser communications from lunar ranges. We describe the objectives and link architectures of these two missions which aim to demonstrate the operational utility of laser communications for manned exploration in cislunar space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2018
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10524, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX, 105240S (15 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2291128
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B. S. Robinson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
T. Shih, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
F. I. Khatri, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
D. M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
J. W. Burnside, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
O. Guldner, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
S. Constantine, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
J. Torres, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
T. M. Yarnall, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
C. E. DeVoe, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
W. Hubbard, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
D. J. Geisler, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
M. L. Stevens, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
O. Mikulina, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
N. W. Spellmeyer, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
J. P. Wang, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
R. Butler, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
M. Hogan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
T. King, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
A. Seas, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10524:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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