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Design of a ground terminal for the STRV-2 satellite-to-ground lasercom experiment
Author(s): Eric J. Korevaar; John J. Schuster; Harel Hakakha; Ron Stieger; Prasanna Adhikari; Brian Riley; Carter Moursund; Joseph Koontz; Arunabh Lath; Micah Barclay
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Paper Abstract

A laser communications terminal built under funding from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) will be flown as part of the Space Technology Research Vehicle 2 (STRV-2) experiment to be launched as part of Air Force mission TSX-5 in late 1998. The flight hardware, which weighs 31.5 pounds and is capable of communications data rates above 1 Gb/s, was delivered to JPL for integration in July 1997. The planned satellite-to-ground lasercom experiment is designed for slant ranges up to 2000 km and elevation angles above the horizon down to 15 degrees. The ground terminal, described in this paper, is being built now and will be used to measure various link parameters such as burst error rates due to scintillation in addition to demonstrating high speed communications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308705
Show Author Affiliations
Eric J. Korevaar, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
John J. Schuster, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Harel Hakakha, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Ron Stieger, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Prasanna Adhikari, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Brian Riley, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Carter Moursund, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Joseph Koontz, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Arunabh Lath, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Micah Barclay, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3266:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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