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Performance of satellite-to-ground communications link between ARTEMIS and the Optical Ground Station
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Paper Abstract

The European Space Agency has built an optical ground station sited at the Observatorio del Teide operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. This station, equipped with a 1m telescope, has a multipurpose configuration for in-orbit commissioning and checkout of laser communication payloads. Since November 2001, the bidirectional link with satellite ARTEMIS has been established in more than 80 successful sessions. In this paper, we analyze the influence of turbulence parameters on the performance of communications in the bidirectional ground to space laser communication experiments. The link performance observed in the satellite-to-ground channel showed average bit error rates of 1E-6 over long durations (20 minutes), however in some occasions BER's of at least 10-9 -10-10 over durations of 5 to 30 minutes were observed. The behavior of the Bit Error Rate measurements performed in different turbulence conditions is characterized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5572, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VII, (11 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.565516
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Angel Alonso, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Marcos Reyes, Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (Spain)
Zoran Sodnik, European Space Agency (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5572:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VII
John D. Gonglewski; Karin Stein, Editor(s)

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