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Optical communication and navigation for spacecraft docking using modulating retroreflectors
Author(s): Linda M. Wasiczko; Harris R. Burris; N. Glenn Creamer; Rita Mahon; Christopher Moore; Lee Swingen; James Murphy; Mena Stell; Brad E. Pinney; Peter Goetz; William J. Scharpf; William S. Rabinovich; G. Charmaine Gilbreath
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Paper Abstract

An optical communications link is used to transmit important navigation and range information between two spacecraft platforms to aid in the spacecraft docking process. This experiment uses NRL's multiple quantum well modulating retroreflector (MRR) array as the light payload optical communications transmitter on the target spacecraft. Spacecraft navigation information is determined by using the MRR array to impose five distinct modulation frequencies on the optical transmit beam, and analyzing the received signal on the pursuer spacecraft to extract target attitude and range information. Design, architecture, and status of the experiment at NRL are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5892, Free-Space Laser Communications V, 58920E (12 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.621747
Show Author Affiliations
Linda M. Wasiczko, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris R. Burris, Research Support Instruments (United States)
N. Glenn Creamer, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, Titan/Jaycor (United States)
Christopher Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Lee Swingen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
James Murphy, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mena Stell, Research Support Instruments (United States)
Brad E. Pinney, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Peter Goetz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William J. Scharpf, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5892:
Free-Space Laser Communications V
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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