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Laser communications utilizing Molniya satellite orbits
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Paper Abstract

The Molniya orbit can be exploited for communications using laser technology. Since the Molniya orbit repeats, exactly, every 24 hours, such a system will allow high latitude and ground based lasers to use Molniya satellite links much the same way that equatorial located lasers can use geostationary satellites. Thus the benefits of a geostationary laser communications system can be employed worldwide.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5160, Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III, (27 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.507460
Show Author Affiliations
Russell L. Thornton, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Ronald L. Phillips, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Florida Space Institute (United States)
Larry C. Andrews, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Florida Space Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5160:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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