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Performance analysis and electronics packaging of the optical communications demonstrator
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Paper Abstract

The Optical Communications Demonstrator (OCD), under development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is a laboratory-based lasercomm terminal designed to validate several key technologies, primarily precision beam pointing, high bandwidth tracking, and beacon acquisition. The novelty of the instrument is that it uses a single CCD array detector for both beacon acquisition and tracking, and a fiber-coupled laser transmitter. The resulting reduction in design complexity can lead to a reduced system cost and an improved system reliability. In this paper, we describe recent progress on the development of the OCD terminal, particularly the electronics packaging and optical characterization with the Lasercom Test and Evaluation Station (LTES).

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308715
Show Author Affiliations
Muthu Jeganathan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steve Monacos, 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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