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Emulating an optical planetary access link with an aircraft
Author(s): Abhijit Biswas; Joseph Kovalik; Martin W. Regehr; Malcolm Wright
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Paper Abstract

Video imagery was streamed from the ground to an aircraft using a free-space laser communication link. The link operated at 270 Mb/s over slant ranges of 5-9 km in day and night time background conditions. The experiment was designed to demonstrate autonomous link acquisition and served as a first proof-of-concept for a planetary access link between a surface asset and an orbiter at Mars. System parameters monitored during the link demonstration including acquisition and tracking and communication performance are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7587, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII, 75870B (26 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.845225
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph Kovalik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Martin W. Regehr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Malcolm Wright, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7587:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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