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Novel active pointing system for point-to-point optical communication
Author(s): David J. Hiley; G. Stephen Mecherle; J. Decanini
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Paper Abstract

A unique active pointing system for point-to-point optical communications capitalizes on the limited angular travel requirements to achieve a high angular precision, frictionless, lubrication-free design, at a price point consistent with commercial production. Gimbal components and three design configurations were traded for performance, cost, reliability, and technical risk. A gimbal ring configuration with voice coil actuators, flexure bearings, and LVDT position sensors was selected as the baseline, and prototypes were fabricated and assembled. Servo integration and testing is ongoing, which will be followed by commercial production.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 June 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4272, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIII, (20 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.430779
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David J. Hiley, fSONA Communications Corp. (United States)
G. Stephen Mecherle, fSONA Communications Corp. (United States)
J. Decanini, fSONA Communications Corp. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4272:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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