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Autonomous access links using laser communications
Author(s): Joseph M. Kovalik; Abhijit Biswas; Jeffrey R. Charles; Martin Regehr
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Paper Abstract

We have validated an autonomous acquisition scheme that is critical for achieving data transfer over proximity links with ranges up to a few thousand kilometers. The sun-illuminated International Space Station (ISS) against a dark sky background during terminator passes over Southern California was used to validate the autonomous acquisition and tracking scheme. A root mean square (rms) accuracy of 83 μrad was achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7199, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI, 71990H (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.810733
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph M. Kovalik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Charles, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Martin Regehr, 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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