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Design and development of a baseline deep-space optical PPM transceiver
Author(s): Tsun-Yee Yan; Chien-Chung Chen
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Paper Abstract

One of the NASA technology development programs at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory aims to increase the information return capability while reducing the size of the spacecraft via laser communications. The deep space optical transceiver developed under this program employs pulse position modulation (PPM) for both uplink and downlink transmissions. An integral part of the transceiver is the development of signal acquisition and tracking subsystem. This paper describes the baseline design of the electronic assembly within the transceiver and modifications that are necessary for deep space communications. A two phase breadboard activity will be described to reduce technological risks associated with the development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 1999
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 3615, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XI, (26 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.346175
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Tsun-Yee Yan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Chien-Chung Chen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3615:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XI
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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