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Lasercom test and evaluation station (LTES) development: an update
Author(s): Abhijit Biswas; Keith E. Wilson; Norman A. Page
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Paper Abstract

Pre-launch integrated system characterization of a lasercom terminal's (LCT's) communications and acquisition/tracking subsystems can provide a quantitative evaluation of the terminal and afford a better rigorous assessment of the benefits of any demonstration. The lasercom test and evaluation station developed at NASA/JPL is a high quality optical system that possesses the unique capabilities required to provide laboratory measurements of the key characteristics of lasercom terminals operating over the visible and near- infrared spectral region. Over the past year LTES has been used to provide pre-flight testing of the STRV-2 lasercom terminal developed by AstroTerra Corporation of San Diego, CA, and is currently being used for testing of the Optical Communication Demonstrator (OCD) developed by NASA/JPL. Discussions of performance validation tests carried out on LTES and its diverse capabilities are reported in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308712
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Keith E. Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Norman A. Page, 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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