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

JPL is constructing an Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) at its Table Mountain Facility complex in the San Bernadino Mountains of Southern California. The OCTL will house a 1-m class telescope and serve as an R&D ground station supporting future optical communications demonstrations with Earth-orbiting satellites and deep space probes. It will also support research in adaptive optics, optical receiver technologies, and help in developing spacecraft acquisition and tracking strategies from future optical ground stations. The OCTL building was completed in November 1999, and Brashear-LP of Pittsburgh, PA has been selected to build the telescope. First light is expected in July 2001.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3932, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII, (2 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384302
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. 3932:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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