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Relay Mirror Experiment scoring analysis and the effects of atmospheric turbulence
Author(s): Paul F. Sydney; Michael A. Dillow; Joel E. Anspach; Paul W. Kervin; Terence B. K. Lee
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Paper Abstract

The Relay Mirror Experiment is a space experiment in which an IR laser beam is propagated from one ground station, the Laser Source Site (LSS), to an orbiting relay mirror and back to another ground station, the Target Scoring System (TSS). A sparse array of 37 telescopes senses the position of the relayed beam at the second ground station for purposes of scoring the pointing capability of the relay mirror. Data from these telescopes is processed to determine the position of the beam as a function of time. These signals contain the effects of atmospheric turbulence on both the uplink and downlink of the IR beam. Spectral and correlation analysis is used on the telescope data to minimize the effects of atmospheric turbulence, as well as other environmental effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45696
Show Author Affiliations
Paul F. Sydney, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Michael A. Dillow, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Joel E. Anspach, Applied Technology Associates, Inc. (United States)
Paul W. Kervin, Phillips Lab. (United States)
Terence B. K. Lee, Phillips Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1482:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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