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Experimental Performance Of An Acquisition Subsystem For Free-Space Laser Communication
Author(s): T . H. Ebben; R. G. Marshalek; R. J. Smith; P. W. Scott
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes theoretical background and experimental results of an acquisition scheme for free-space laser communications. Mutual acquisition between two optical intersatellite terminals was simulated in a laboratory environment, and statistical results obtained on subsystem performance. Results show that the selected algorithm provides fast (several seconds in a flight system) acquisition with a high probability, and analysis shows the algorithm to be capable of such performance in the presence of a sunlit-Earth background.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1989
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1059, Space Sensing, Communications, and Networking, (2 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951703
Show Author Affiliations
T . H. Ebben, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
R. G. Marshalek, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
R. J. Smith, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
P. W. Scott, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)

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

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