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Laser-communication cooperative research and development agreement between Air Force Phillips Lab and Ball Aerospace
Author(s): David L. Begley; Robert L. Kehr; Anthony W. Sarto; William Casey; Everett L. Coffelt; Alan Goodrich; William E. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents an overview of a cooperative research and development program between Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. and the Air Force Phillips Laboratory for laser communications. This effort employs hardware and equipment originally developed to support the crosslinking between geostationary Defense Support Program surveillance satellites. This joint activity modifies the existing hardware for ground based demonstrations and simulations focuses at risk reduction for future applications and technology insertion into operational architectures meeting future commercial, civil, and DOD communications requirements. The ultimate goal of the program is to produce hardware for a near term flight demonstration. A brief overview of the capabilities of the existing hardware will be presented followed by a status of the development efforts and future plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273691
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Begley, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert L. Kehr, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Anthony W. Sarto, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
William Casey, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Everett L. Coffelt, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Alan Goodrich, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
William E. Thompson, Air Force Phillips Lab. (United States)


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

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