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Inter-satellite optical communications: from SILEX to next generation systems
Author(s): Bernard Laurent; Gilles Planche; Cyril Michel
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Paper Abstract

The continuous growth in data rate demand, the importance of real time commanding and real time access to the information for diverse civilian and military applications as well as the in-orbit demonstration of optical communication have led to boost the interest of such systems for future applications. After a presentation of the different fields of application and their associated performances requirements, this paper presents the possible optical link candidates. Then, the architecture, the design and the performances of new optical terminal generations, which profits from SILEX experience and the use of new technologies such as SiC and APS, are detailed. This new optimised generation, highly simplified with respect to SILEX terminals and dimensioned to offer higher data rate, presents attractive mass, volume and power characteristics compatible with a simple accommodation on the host vehicle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2018
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10568, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004, 105682K (13 April 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2500112
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Bernard Laurent, EADS Astrium (France)
Gilles Planche, EADS Astrium (France)
Cyril Michel, EADS Astrium (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10568:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2004
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo, Editor(s)

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