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Tactical network demonstration with free space lasercomm
Author(s): H. R. Burris; M. S. Ferraro; W. Freeman; P. G. Goetz; R. Mahon; C. I. Moore; J. L. Murphy; J. Overfield; W. S. Rabinovich; W. R. Smith; M. R. Suite; L. M. Thomas; B. B. Xu
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Paper Abstract

As military sensors and systems become more sophisticated, tactical situations will require reliable, high data rate communications. The current RF communication systems are increasingly competing for the limited amount of RF spectrum and bandwidth. One possible way to augment the current RF communication systems is by the use of free space lasercomm in tactical networks for links in which direct line of sight is possible. Free space lasercomm has been demonstrated over horizontal distances greater than 10 nautical miles and at data rates greater than 1 gigabit/sec. Lasercomm links do not require any RF frequency allocation, nor do they have an RF signature. They are inherently low probability of intercept and detection and they are very difficult to jam due to the very narrow divergence of the communication beams and the very narrow acceptance angle of the receivers.1-6 The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has demonstrated the use of free space lasercomm in tactical networks at Trident Spectre 2009 and Empire Challenge 2010. This paper will discuss these lasercomm demonstrations and present packet error rate test data captured at both.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7923, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIII, 792305 (21 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879476
Show Author Affiliations
H. R. Burris, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. S. Ferraro, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. Freeman, SmartLogic, Inc. (United States)
P. G. Goetz, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
R. Mahon, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. I. Moore, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. L. Murphy, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Overfield, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. S. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. R. Smith, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. R. Suite, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
L. M. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
B. B. Xu, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7923:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIII
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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