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Laser communication terminals: a key building block for the new broadband satellite networks
Author(s): Klaus Pribil
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Paper Abstract

In the near future, satellite networks will be an essential part of the upcoming Global Information Infrastructure (GII). These satellites will be interconnected by high bandwidth inter-satellite-links using lasercomm technology. Contraves Space has designed a family of lasercomm terminals for different satellite network topologies but based on common technology key elements: (1) Coherent Syncbit data transmission scheme for highest receiver sensitivity and, hence, best system efficiency. (2) Laser diode pumped solid state lasers for best reliability figures. (3) A combined coherent receiver-frontend and coherent tracking sensor for sun outage-free operation. As a first terminal the SROIL (Short-Range-Optical Inter-Satellite-Link-Terminal) was completed in 1997 and undergoes currently an extensive phase. Two SROIL terminals will be embarked in 1999 on two LEO spacecrafts and perform a full high data rate transmission demonstration in-orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3408, Broadband European Networks and Multimedia Services, (16 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321883
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Klaus Pribil, Contraves Space (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3408:
Broadband European Networks and Multimedia Services

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