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Broadband backhaul communication for stratospheric platforms: the stratospheric optical payload experiment (STROPEX)
Author(s): Joachim Horwath; Markus Knapek; Bernhard Epple; Martin Brechtelsbauer; Brandon Wilkerson
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Paper Abstract

A high bitrate optical downlink was performed by the stratospheric optical payload experiment (STROPEX), a part of the EU CAPANINA project. The STROPEX objectives were to design and build the necessary hardware to demonstrate an optical backhaul downlink from a stratospheric platform to the ground and to carry out channel measurements on the link. A successful measurement campaign at ESRANGE near Kiruna, Sweden achieved all of these objectives. The transportable optical ground station received an almost error free 1.25 Gbit/s data signal from the payload over a distance of 64.3 km with a bit error rate of better than 10-9. This paper gives an overview of the stratospheric optical payload experiment, focusing on the airborne free-space experimental laser terminal (FELT). Additionally, the successful measurement campaign is described and the operation of the experiment is outlined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6304, Free-Space Laser Communications VI, 63041N (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.680824
Show Author Affiliations
Joachim Horwath, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
Markus Knapek, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
Bernhard Epple, German Aerospace Ctr. (Germany)
Martin Brechtelsbauer, 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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