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Optical subnet concept for the NASA Deep Space Network
Author(s): Kamran S. Shaik; Michael D. Wilhelm; Dennis Wonica
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Paper Abstract

For NASA deep space missions, an optical subnet can provide significantly increased telecommunications performance (greater than 6 dB above the DSN 70 meter at Ka-Band) and provide full line-of-sight coverage of the ecliptic, 24 hours a day, with high weather availability. This paper describes the results of recent work in defining such a network including the ground terminal and network design, its projected performance as well as a rough order definition of its development, implementation and operations costs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2381, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207418
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Kamran S. Shaik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael D. Wilhelm, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Dennis Wonica, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2381:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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