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Compact deep-space optical communications transceiver
Author(s): W. Thomas Roberts; Jeffrey R. Charles
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Paper Abstract

Deep space optical communication transceivers must be very efficient receivers and transmitters of optical communication signals. For deep space missions, communication systems require high performance well beyond the scope of mere power efficiency, demanding maximum performance in relation to the precious and limited mass, volume, and power allocated. This paper describes the opto-mechanical design of a compact, efficient, functional brassboard deep space transceiver that is capable of achieving Mb/s rates at Mars ranges. The special features embodied to enhance the system operability and functionality, and to reduce the mass and volume of the system are detailed. System tests and performance characteristics are described in detail. Finally, lessons learned in the implementation of the brassboard design and suggestions for improvements appropriate for a flight prototype are covered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7199, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI, 71990L (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.806290
Show Author Affiliations
W. Thomas Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Charles, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7199:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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