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MLCD: overview of NASA's Mars laser communications demonstration system
Author(s): Don M. Boroson; Abhijit Biswas; Bernard L. Edwards
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Paper Abstract

NASA is presently overseeing a project to create the world's first free-space laser communications system that can be operated over a range much larger than the near-earth ranges that have been demonstrated to date. To be flown on the Mars Telecom Orbiter, planned for launch by NASA in 2009, it will demonstrate high-rate laser communications from Mars orbit to one of several planned earth receiver sites. To support 1-10 Mbps over the up to 400 million kilometer link, the system will make use of a high peak-power doped-fiber transmitter, a hybrid pointing and tracking system, high efficiency modulation and coding techniques, photon-counting detectors, and novel optical collector architectures that can point near the sun. The project is being undertaken by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT/LL), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2004
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5338, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI, (16 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543014
Show Author Affiliations
Don M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Bernard L. Edwards, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (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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