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Binary polarization-shift-keyed modulation for interplanetary CubeSat optical communications
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Paper Abstract

Recent developments for laser communication on CubeSats across interplanetary distances will be presented. A binary polarization-shift-keyed modulation scheme using dual gain-switched diode lasers is developed and demonstrated within an end-to-end link testbed to achieve signal acquisition under extremely poor signal-to-noise conditions (-43.5 dB average signal-to-noise power ratio at a 1-MHz symbol rate) to simulate direct-to-Earth links, while simultaneously targeting a limited SWaP footprint (1.5U envelope). Additional system design and constraints for the compact laser transmitter will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 100960B (24 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2255520
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Y. Peng, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William H. Farr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Michael B. Borden, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph M. Kovalik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

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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