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The DLR ground station in the optical payload experiment (STROPEX): results of the atmospheric measurement instruments
Author(s): Markus Knapek; Joachim Horwath; Nicolas Perlot; Brandon Wilkerson
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Paper Abstract

Optical communication at 1.25Gbps was successfully demonstrated in a downlink from a stratospheric balloon platform at 22km altitude to a Transportable Optical Ground Station. The experiments took place at ESRANGE, Kiruna, Sweden in August 2005. In addition to optical communications, several atmospheric measurement instruments (Differential Image Motion Monitor, Turbulence Profiler) were used to study the influence of atmospheric turbulence on the optical link. A description of the measurement instruments is given and results of the turbulence instruments (Fried parameter r0, Cn2 profile) are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6304, Free-Space Laser Communications VI, 63041U (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.679004
Show Author Affiliations
Markus Knapek, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
Joachim Horwath, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
Nicolas Perlot, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
Brandon Wilkerson, U.S. Air Force (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6304:
Free-Space Laser Communications VI
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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