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Vibration reduction for commercial optical intersatellite communication links
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Paper Abstract

The increasing demand for global communications and limitations on RF communication bandwidth has driven several corporations to baseline optical intersatellite communication links in their constellations. The use of laser communications over a long distance dictates the need for accurate pointing and jitter suppression in order to maintain signal. Vibrations on a satellite cause excessive line-of-sight jitter for optical performance. The solution to these vibration sources is a systems problem involving optical control of coarse and fine steering, vibration isolation of the optical payload, or reduction of the spacecraft disturbances. This paper explains the basics of tracking control of a laser communication package and details the systems trades for vibration isolation. Simulation results based on a vibration isolation and precision pointing of a hypothetical commercial LEO to LEO 4 Gbit/sec laser cross-link system are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3329, Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (27 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316883
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T. Tupper Hyde, Honeywell Space Systems (United States)
L. Porter Davis, Honeywell Space Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3329:
Smart Structures and Materials 1998: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Mark E. Regelbrugge, Editor(s)

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