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Impact Of Satellite Motion On Optical Intersatellite Data Links: A System Simulation Approach
Author(s): Manfred Wittig; Werner Reiland
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Paper Abstract

Digital satellite communication links are usually characterized by transmission capacity, link distance, bit error rate, availability and lifetime. For optical data links however an additional parameter, the burst error rate has to be specified. The physical reason for occurence of burst errors lies in the required precise mutual tracking of both satellite communication terminals. The influence of the statistical motion of both satellites around their nominal attitude on optical data link performance has been studied by computer simulations. Improvements achievable with forward error correcting coding are analysed. These simulation results are based on a Gaussian distribution of indenpendently vibrating satellites. Realistic values for simulation are obtained by multiplication with the Fourier transform of complex transfer function of spacecraft motion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0810, Optical Systems for Space Applications, (18 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941542
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Manfred Wittig, Battelle-Institut e.V. (Germany)
Werner Reiland, Battelle-Institut e.V. (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0810:
Optical Systems for Space Applications
Hanspeter Lutz; Georges Otrio, Editor(s)

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