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Pointing, Acquisition, And Tracking Subsystem For Space-Based Laser Communications
Author(s): Philip W. Young; Lawrence M. Germann; Roy Nelson
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Paper Abstract

A space-based laser communication system must be capable of high-speed, high-accuracy pointing for reliable communications. Results of recent studies and developments indicate that a pointing, acquisition, and tracking subsystem with these capabilities can be accomplished with current technology. This paper discusses the development of a nested-servo control system and a series of fine-steering mirrors for high-accuracy pointing control. It also presents the results of performance modeling on acquisition and tracking detectors for use with the nested-servo control system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1986
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0616, Optical Technologies for Communication Satellite Applications, (15 May 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.961045
Show Author Affiliations
Philip W. Young, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)
Lawrence M. Germann, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)
Roy Nelson, Ball Aerospace Systems Division (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0616:
Optical Technologies for Communication Satellite Applications
Kul B. Bhasin, Editor(s)

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