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Design of a very small inertially stabilized optical space terminal
Author(s): Joseph J. Scozzafava; Don M. Boroson; Jamie W. Burnside; Michael L. Glynn; Catherine E. DeVoe; Carmen M. DeFranzo; Keith B. Doyle
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Paper Abstract

The potential of lasercom could often be much more attractive to system designers if the terminals could be made very small. In particular, in systems where one end of the link is allowed to be somewhat more capable than the other, the lesser of the two terminals could take advantage of the asymmetry and shrink as much as possible. We have investigated how such asymmetry factors into the requirements for a small terminal and have designed a terminal with a very small aperture (35-75 mm) and an inertial stabilization scheme. The space-worthy terminal has applicability to Moon-to-Earth as well as near-Earth lasercom missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6709, Free-Space Laser Communications VII, 670905 (27 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738384
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph J. Scozzafava, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Don M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jamie W. Burnside, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Michael L. Glynn, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Catherine E. DeVoe, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Carmen M. DeFranzo, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Keith B. Doyle, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6709:
Free-Space Laser Communications VII
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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