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Technology needs for next-generation spaceborne lasercom systems
Author(s): Ronald W. Burch
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Paper Abstract

The deployment of laser communications (lasercom) in space depends upon the availability of key technologies that can support these challenging missions. The development of these technologies is important in broadening the addressable applications that lasercom can support. In addition to surviving long-term missions in a hostile environment, a premium is placed upon new techniques and devices that can reduce the on-board size, weight, and DC power consumption by the lasercom payload, while maintaining high reliability. Specific requirements for these next-generation systems are discussed here, with examples of emerging technologies that appear to be insertion candidates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 February 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7199, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI, 719902 (12 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811037
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Ronald W. Burch, The Boeing Co. (United States)

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

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