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30-dB data rate improvement for interplanetary laser communication
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Paper Abstract

Research toward returning high-rate data from deep-space using laser communications has been ongoing for nearly thirty years. Recently the Mars Laser Communication Demonstration (MLCD) Project completed the preliminary design of a system that would have allowed communicating at 1-Mb/s from Mars farthest range and at 30-Mb/s from the closest Mars range. In this paper we propose link improvements based on increased efficiencies and low-risk design modifications that will allow realizing a 30-dB improvement in return data rates from the farthest Mars range by the 2020 time frame.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6877, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XX, 687707 (20 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.767696
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H. Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
A. Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
D. M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6877:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XX
Steve Mecherle, Editor(s)

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