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Progressing towards an operational optical data relay service
Author(s): Frank Heine; Daniel Troendle; Christoph Rochow; Karen Saucke; Matthias Motzigemba; Rolf Meyer; Michael Lutzer; Edoardo Benzi; Harald Hauschildt
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Paper Abstract

The European Data Relay System, EDRS [1], will provide quasi real time access to earth observation data created by low earth orbiting spacecrafts using Gbit laser communication links. Currently five EDRS compatible Laser Communication Terminals (LCT) are in orbit, three of them on earth observation spacecrafts (Sentinel 1A, Sentinel 2A, Sentinel 1B) and two geostationary systems on Alphasat and Eutelsat 9B, the host of the first EDRS data relay payload (EDRS-A). The paper will report on the recent progress on the in-orbit commissioning campaigns for the individual units.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 100960X (24 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2252703
Show Author Affiliations
Frank Heine, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Daniel Troendle, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Christoph Rochow, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Karen Saucke, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Matthias Motzigemba, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Rolf Meyer, DLR, Space Administration (Germany)
Michael Lutzer, DLR, Space Administration (Germany)
Edoardo Benzi, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Harald Hauschildt, ESA, ESTEC (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10096:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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