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Mars laser communication demonstration: what it would have been
Author(s): A. Biswas; D. Boroson; B. Edwards
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Paper Abstract

The Mars Laser Communications Demonstration Project completed a preliminary system design for sending data at 1-30 Mbps from a spacecraft orbiting Mars. The flight transceiver diameter was 30.6 cm, transmitting 5 W average laser power at 1064 nm and using 32- and 64-ary pulse position modulation (PPM). A ground network comprised of two receive terminals (5-m and 1.6-m effective diameter) and two transmit terminals for sending 1076 nm lasers would have been used to communicate with the transceiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6105, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVIII, 610502 (1 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669551
Show Author Affiliations
A. Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
D. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
B. Edwards, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6105:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVIII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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