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80 Gb/s free-space optical communication demonstration between an aerostat and a ground terminal
Author(s): Raymond M. Sova; Joseph E. Sluz; David W. Young; Juan C. Juarez; Anurag Dwivedi; Nickolas M. Demidovich; J. E. Graves; Malcolm Northcott; Jeff Douglass; John Phillips; Don Driver; Andy McClarin; David Abelson
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Paper Abstract

A free-space optical (FSO) communication demonstration was conducted with JHU/APL and AOptix at the TCOM Test Facility in Elizabeth City, NC in May 2006. The primary test objective was to evaluate the performance of an FSO link from a fiber-tethered aerostat to a ground platform at effective data rates approaching 100 Gigabits/sec using wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) techniques. (Multiple optical channels operating near 1550 nm were modulated at data rates of 1, 10 and 40 Gbps). The test was conducted with a 38 meter aerostat raised to an altitude of 1 km and a ground platform located 1.2 km from the aerostat (limited by property boundary). Error free data transfers of 1.2 Terabits in 30 seconds at 40 Gbps were demonstrated. The total data transferred during the test was greater than 30 Terabits with an average BER of 10-6 without any forward error correction (FEC) coding.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6304, Free-Space Laser Communications VI, 630414 (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.703216
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Raymond M. Sova, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Joseph E. Sluz, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
David W. Young, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Juan C. Juarez, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Anurag Dwivedi, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Nickolas M. Demidovich, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
J. E. Graves, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Malcolm Northcott, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Jeff Douglass, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
John Phillips, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Don Driver, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Andy McClarin, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
David Abelson, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)


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

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