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NASA/GSFC Program In Direct Detection Optical Communications For Intersatellite Links
Author(s): M. Fitzmaurice; R. Bruno
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Paper Abstract

NASA/GSFC has played a leading role in the development of direct detection (DD) optical communications for space applications. Because optical technology promises to support Gbps data rate channels with modest telescope diameters of 20 to 30 cm, it is a prime candidate for satisfying emerging high data rate relay needs of NASA and the commercial communications satellite industry. Relevant NASA missions include the Earth Observation System (Eos) and Space Station Freedom, as well as the longer term "Mission to Planet Earth" and lunar exploration. In the commercial world, optical intersatellite links (ISLs) between geostationary satellites would enable a major expansion and improvement in communication services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 1989
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1131, Optical Space Communication, (6 October 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.961527
Show Author Affiliations
M. Fitzmaurice, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)
R. Bruno, Stanford Telecommunications, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1131:
Optical Space Communication

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