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Performance And Modeling Of The Gsfc Pointing Acquisition And Tracking System For Laser Communications
Author(s): N. D. Fox; W. W. Chapman; T. S. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

In this paper the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) laser communication pointing, acquisition, and tracking laboratory demonstration program is discussed. This program entails the construction of a flexible brass-board simulation tool, and a supporting computer simulation effort. The result of this program will be a viable test bed to support the design and specification of space-based laser communication terminals and, additionally, to address critical performance issues such as tracking robustness in the presence of background (e.g., stellar or earth) noise and/or internally generated thermal noise.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1059, Space Sensing, Communications, and Networking, (2 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951699
Show Author Affiliations
N. D. Fox, Stanford Telecommunications, Inc (United States)
W. W. Chapman, Stanford Telecommunications, Inc (United States)
T. S. Johnson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1059:
Space Sensing, Communications, and Networking
Monte Ross; Richard J. Temkin, Editor(s)

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