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Overview of NRL's maritime laser communication test facility
Author(s): Christopher I. Moore; Harris R. Burris Jr.; William S. Rabinovich; Linda Wasiczko; Michele R. Suite; Lee A. Swingen; Rita Mahon; Mena F. Stell; G. Charmaine Gilbreath; William J. Scharpf
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Paper Abstract

NRL has established a 20 mile round trip laser communication test facility across the Chesapeake Bay for investigating lasercomm performance in a maritime environment. Experiments at this facility have successfully demonstrated links at data rates up to 2.5 Gbps and at lower rates in light rain and fog. This facility is currently being upgraded to allow long term monitoring of a one-way 10 mile link across the Bay. Parameters monitored will include BER, turbulence conditions, atmospheric transmission, and meteorological conditions. A summary of past results, the design/status of the upgrade to the test facility, and recent results will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5892, Free-Space Laser Communications V, 589206 (12 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.622252
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris R. Burris Jr., Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Linda Wasiczko, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michele R. Suite, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Lee A. Swingen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, The Titan Corp. (United States)
Mena F. Stell, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William J. Scharpf, 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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