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Link analysis of Mars-Earth optical communications system
Author(s): Farzana I. Khatri; Don M. Boroson; Daniel V. Murphy; Jaya Sharma
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Paper Abstract

A systems-level analysis of a high data rate Mars to Earth optical communications link is presented. A feasibility of a minimum 10 Mb/s optical link with the possibility of achieving > 100 Mb/s under certain conditions will be shown. The link design employs a Pulse Position Modulated (PPM) 1.06 μm Mars transmitter with a photon-counting Earth receiver. This study will characterize system performance (link data rate) as a function of orbital position including the complex diurnal and annual variations in the Mars-Earth system. Key system impairments that vary diurnally/annually include loss and turbulence due to the Earth's atmosphere, daytime/nighttime sky background noise, background noise from Mars itself, and space loss due to the relative planetary distances. In addition, transmitter/receiver design parameters and their impact on system performance are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5338, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI, (16 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543009
Show Author Affiliations
Farzana I. Khatri, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Don M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel V. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jaya Sharma, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)


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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