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Optical laser cross-link in space-based systems used for satellite communications
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Paper Abstract

Building high speed communications network using optical links in space has proven to be an extremely complicated task and many such schemes were tried without success in the past. However in the last few years, there has been impressive progress made to bring the concept to fruition in civilian and government non-classified projects. Space-based optical communications using satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) and Geo-synchronous orbits (GEO) hold great promise for the proposed Internet in the Sky network of the future. Laser Communications offer a viable alternative to established RF communications for inter-satellite links and other applications where high performance links are a necessity. This paper will focus on the requirements of the space-based lasers and optics used for beam forming, as well as receiver antenna gain and detectors used in free space communications. High data rate, small antenna size, narrow beam divergence, and a narrow field of view are characteristics of laser communications that offer a number of potential advantages for system design. Also discussed are the critical parameters in the transmitter, channel, receiver, and link budget that are employed in successful inter-satellite communications system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7675, Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace III, 76750N (20 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852719
Show Author Affiliations
Allen Panahi, Acco USA LLC (United States)
Alex A. Kazemi, ARK International (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7675:
Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace III
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard C. Kress; Eric Y. Chan, Editor(s)

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