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A system overview of a small form factor free space optical communication prototype
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Paper Abstract

Free-space optical communication (FSO) enables high-bandwidth data links that are difficult to detect, intercept, and jam. In this paper we provide an overview of a small form factor FSO prototype intended for UAVs called OCELOT (Optical Communication Efficient Low-profile Terminal). NRL designed, developed, and tested an OCELOT prototype, and demonstrated a 1 Gbps duplex link 16 km across the Chesapeake Bay. We will discuss the design decisions and tradeoffs, highlighting the low-SWaP FSO technologies used in the prototype.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2020
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11272, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII, 112720L (2 March 2020);
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Taylor A. Page, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan W. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Linda M. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Andrew Menas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mike S. Ferraro, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Wade T. Freeman, Smart Logic, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11272:
Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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