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Description of STRV-2 lasercom experimental operations
Author(s): Eric J. Korevaar; John J. Schuster; Prasanna Adhikari; Harel Hakakha; Richard Ruigrok; Ron Stieger; Lee Fletcher; Brian Riley
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Paper Abstract

Laser communications hardware being built under funding from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) will be flown on the Space Technology Research Vehicle 2 to be launched as part of Air Force mission TSX-5 in 1998. The flight hardware, which weighs 31.5 pounds and is designed for satellite-to-ground laser communications at data rates up to 1.24 Gb/s and ranges up to 2000 km, will be delivered to JPL for integration in March 1997. It is hoped that a successful satellite demonstration will validate the capability and readiness of lasercom for inter-satellite crosslinks and low earth orbit satellite downlinks to the ground. This paper describes the operational scenario for satellite-to-ground lasercom experiments. Experiments at other facilities, including those in Europe and Japan, are encouraged.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273710
Show Author Affiliations
Eric J. Korevaar, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
John J. Schuster, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Prasanna Adhikari, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Harel Hakakha, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Richard Ruigrok, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Ron Stieger, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Lee Fletcher, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Brian Riley, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)

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

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