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Three years of optical satellite to ground links with the T-AOGS: data transmission and characterization of atmospheric conditions
Author(s): K. Saucke; R. Mahn; P. Martin Pimentel; F. Heine; R. Mata-Calvo; J. Surof; Ricardo Barrios; A. Reeves; H. Bischl; H. Brandt; B. Matuz

Paper Abstract

After more than 3 years of operational experiences with the Transportable Adaptive Optical Ground Station (T-AOGS) it is not any more the question whether optical communication through atmosphere is possible for Geo to ground applications. It is important to understand the performance of optical communication under different atmospheric-conditions and which the key parameters are to improve simplicity, robustness and availability of optical bi-directional satellite to ground links (SGL). We report within this paper on the characterization of the atmospheric channel for ground to GEO optical communication without adaptive optics correction in the uplink. Besides the telemetry data of the space segment and the T-AOGS, also a special measurement campaign was carried out using the 1m telescope of the ESA-OGS in parallel. An outlook for further analysis and activities is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111801D (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2535968
Show Author Affiliations
K. Saucke, Tesat Spacecom (Germany)
R. Mahn, Tesat Spacecom (Germany)
P. Martin Pimentel, Tesat Spacecom (Germany)
F. Heine, Tesat Spacecom (Germany)
R. Mata-Calvo, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)
J. Surof, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)
Ricardo Barrios, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)
A. Reeves, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)
H. Bischl, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)
H. Brandt, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)
B. Matuz, Institute of Communications und Navigation (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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