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Ground-to-satellite optical link tests between Japanese laser communications terminal and European geostationary satellite ARTEMIS
Author(s): Morio Toyoshima; Shiro Yamakawa; Toshihiko Yamawaki; Katsuyoshi Arai; Marcos Reyes; Angel Alonso; Zoran Sodnik; Benoit Demelenne
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Paper Abstract

Optical acquisition, tracking and communication tests were performed between a Japanese laser communications terminal placed within the ESAs optical ground station at Tenerife, Spain and a European optical payload onboard the ARTEMIS satellite in geostationary earth orbit at 21.5° East. The optical communications tests at Tenerife were to verify the end-to-end optical characteristics such as intensity, sensitivity, wavelength, and polarization, as well as the modulation scheme of optical signals and acquisition sequences of the terminals under fairly good atmospheric conditions. The downlink's bit error rate was on the order of 10-10 in spite of atmospheric turbulence. Atmospheric turbulence induced signal fading increased the uplink bit error rate, the best value of which was 2.5x10-5. The Japanese laser communication terminal itself autonomously established and maintained the ground-to-satellite optical link with the ESA's optical payload from the beginning to the end of a 20-minute session. The test results show that the laser communication terminal which is to be launched with the Japanese OICETS satellite is optically compatible with the optical communications payload onboard the European ARTEMIS satellite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2004
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5338, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI, (16 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.530138
Show Author Affiliations
Morio Toyoshima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Shiro Yamakawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Toshihiko Yamawaki, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Katsuyoshi Arai, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Japan)
Marcos Reyes, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Angel Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Zoran Sodnik, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Benoit Demelenne, European Space Agency (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5338:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI
Steve Mecherle; Cynthia Y. Young; John S. Stryjewski, Editor(s)

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