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Experimental operations of laser communication equipment onboard ETS-VI satellite
Author(s): Kenichi Araki; Morio Toyoshima; Tetsuo Takahashi; Takayuki Fukazawa; Masahiro Toyoda; Motokazu Shikatani; Yoshinori Arimoto
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Paper Abstract

The first ground-to-satellite laser communication experiments were performed during December 1994 and July 1996 to demonstrate basic technologies for space laser communication systems. It used an optical communication package onboard the Engineering Test Satellite VI and its companion ground optical terminals. A bi-directional optical communication link over 40000 km was demonstrated with precise transmission control of extremely narrow laser beams at both onboard and ground terminals. In the paper, the experimental operations performed in the demonstration are introduced in context with acquisition method for various technical data useful for evaluating the terminal characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273702
Show Author Affiliations
Kenichi Araki, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Morio Toyoshima, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Tetsuo Takahashi, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Takayuki Fukazawa, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Masahiro Toyoda, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Motokazu Shikatani, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Yoshinori Arimoto, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)


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

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