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Economic factors for a free-space laser communication system
Author(s): David L. Begley; Robert G. Marshalek
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Paper Abstract

Free-space laser communication systems have been envisioned for satellite-to-satellite links for the past 30 years. To date no demonstration hardware has been placed in orbh, although present programs have this as a near term goal. Operational requirements frequently can be satisfied by either laser or rf based systems. In a comparison between the two base technologies it is frequently held that laser communications offers the more costly approach. This paper reviews the economic factors and addresses the cost drivers behind laser communication systems. Examples of such drivers are optics quality, aperture size, transmitter power, pointing error, and system weight. Requirements are presented to form baseline specifications for a geo-geo crosslink application. Analysis of cost drivers and recommendations are presented for terminal development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1522, Optical Space Communication II, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46078
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Begley, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Robert G. Marshalek, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1522:
Optical Space Communication II
Juergen Franz, Editor(s)

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