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Progress in design and construction of the Optical Communications Laser Laboratory
Author(s): Keith E. Wilson; Mike Britcliffe; Nassar Golshan
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Paper Abstract

The deployment of advanced hyperspectral imaging and other Earth sensing instruments on board Earth observing satellites is driving the demand for high-data-rate communications. Optical communications meet the required data rates with small, low-mass, and low-power communications packages. JPL, as NASA's lead center in optical communications, plans to construct a 1-m Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) at its Table Mountain Facility (TMF) complex in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California. The design of the building has been completed, and the construction contractor has been selected. Ground breaking is expected to start at the beginning of the 1999 TMF construction season. A request for proposal (RFP) has been issued for the procurement of the telescope system. Prior to letting the RFP we conducted a request for information with industry for the telescope system. Several vendors responded favorably and provided information on key elements of the proposed design. These inputs were considered in developing the final requirements in the RFP.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3615, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XI, (26 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.346181
Show Author Affiliations
Keith E. Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mike Britcliffe, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Nassar Golshan, 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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