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Overview and status of the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration
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Paper Abstract

The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD), a project being undertaken by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be NASA's first attempt to demonstrate optical communications between a lunar orbiting spacecraft and Earth-based ground receivers. The LLCD space terminal will be flown on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, presently scheduled to launch in 2013. LLCD will demonstrate downlink optical communications at rates up to 620 Mbps, uplink optical communications at rates up to 20 Mbps, and two-way time-of-flight measurements with the potential to perform ranging with sub-centimeter accuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8246, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIV, 82460C (22 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.914801
Show Author Affiliations
D. M. Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
B. S. Robinson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
D. A. Burianek, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
D. V. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
A. Biswas, 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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