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Latest changes to NASA's laser communications relay demonstration project
Author(s): Bernard L. Edwards; David J. Israel; Seema K. Vithlani
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Paper Abstract

Over the last couple of years, NASA has been making changes to the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) project, a joint effort spanning NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology (JPL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL). The changes make LCRD more like a future Earth relay system that has both high-speed optical and radio frequency links, enabling LCRD to demonstrate a more detailed concept of operations for a future operational, mission-critical Earth relay. LCRD is planned to launch in June 2019 and is expected to be followed a couple of years later by a prototype user terminal on the International Space Station. LCRD’s architecture will allow it to serve as a testbed in space, and this paper will provide an update of its planned capabilities and experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2018
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10524, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX, 105240P (15 February 2018);
Show Author Affiliations
Bernard L. Edwards, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
David J. Israel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Seema K. Vithlani, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10524:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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