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Laser communications terminal for the X2000 series of planetary missions
Author(s): Hamid Hemmati; James R. Lesh
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Paper Abstract

A new program called the Advanced Deep-Space Systems Development Program (a.k.a. X2000 Program) has been initiated to develop new cutting-edge technologies for NASA's deep-space missions in an overall flight project environment. Several technologies have been selected for development under the first delivery of the X2000 Program. Optical communications is one of those technologies. This paper provides an overview of the X2000 Program and describes the optical communications terminal that will be developed therein. The spacecraft terminal will be a multi-function instrument, capable of not only two-way communications from distances out to Europa (Jupiter), but two-way ranging, science imaging and laser altimeter reception as well. The plan for the development of the terminal is also described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308707
Show Author Affiliations
Hamid Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James R. Lesh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


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

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