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Evaluation of deep-space laser communication under different mission scenarios
Author(s): Abhijit Biswas; Sabino Piazzolla; Bruce Moision; Douglas Lisman
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Paper Abstract

A number of space agencies, including NASA, are considering free-space laser communications as a means for returning higher data-rates from future space missions. In this paper, potential deep-space missions are evaluated to show that with optical communication a 10× increase relative to state-of-the art telecommunication systems could be achieved. The maximum deep-space distance where ground transmitted laser beacons could assist acquisition and tracking; and operating points where optical communication performance degrades faster than the inverse square distance are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8246, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIV, 82460W (22 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.913216
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sabino Piazzolla, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Bruce Moision, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Douglas Lisman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8246:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIV
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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