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Progress on the development of the optical communications demonstrator
Author(s): Tsun-Yee Yan; Muthu Jeganathan; James R. Lesh
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Paper Abstract

The Optical Communications Demonstrator (OCD) is a laboratory-based lasercom demonstration terminal designed to validate several key technologies, including beacon acquisition, high bandwidth tracking, precision beam pointing, and point-ahead compensation functions. It has been under active development over the past few years. The instrument uses a CCD array detector for both spatial acquisition and high-bandwidth tracking, and a fiber coupled laser transmitter. The array detector tracking concept provides wide field-of-view acquisition and permits effective platform jitter compensation and point-ahead control using only one steering mirror. The use of a fiber- coupled transmitter modularizes the transmitter design and de-couples its thermal management problems from the main system optics. The reduction in design complexity can lead to a reduced system cost and an improved system reliability. This paper describes recent progress on the development of the OCD terminal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273684
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Tsun-Yee Yan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Muthu Jeganathan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James R. Lesh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2990:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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