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Acquisition, Tracking, And Fine Pointing Control Of Space-Based Laser Communication Systems
Author(s): J. M. Lopez; K. Yong
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Paper Abstract

The use of laser systems for space-based communication applications has drawn considerable attention recently. It is anticipated that laser communication satellites will become a reality in the mid to late 1980s. The fine pointing and jitter control requirements of those systems presents some unprecedented challenges to control engineers in the areas of acquisition, tracking, and fine pointing. This paper addresses the various acquisition methods and critical technological issues of tracking and pointing control for space-based laser communication system applications under their dynamic operating environment and stringent mission requirements. The most stressing design and development parameters and components for various applications are discussed. The structure of a digital computer simulation program which can be utilized for performance verification, design feasibility, and sensitivity study, is also given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1981
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 0295, Control and Communication Technology in Laser Systems, (21 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932412
Show Author Affiliations
J. M. Lopez, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)
K. Yong, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0295:
Control and Communication Technology in Laser Systems
Kay Yong, Editor(s)

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