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NASA's optical communications program for 2015 and beyond

Paper Abstract

NASA's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program at NASA headquarters is pursuing a vibrant and wide-ranging optical communications program for further planetary and near-Earth missions following the spectacular success of NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) from the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft orbiting the moon in 2013. This invited paper will discuss NASA's new laser communication missions, key scenarios and details, and the plans to infuse this new technology into NASA's existing communications networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9354, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVII, 93540E (16 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2087132
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Donald M. Cornwell Jr., NASA Headquarters (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9354:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVII
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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