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Overview of the Ground-to-Orbit Lasercom Demonstration (GOLD)
Author(s): Keith E. Wilson; James R. Lesh; Kenichi Araki; Yoshinori Arimoto
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Paper Abstract

The ground-to-orbit Lasercom Demonstration conducted between the ETS-VI spacecraft and the ground station at JPL's Table Mountain Facility, Wrightwood CA was the first ground-to- space two-way optical communications experiment. The demonstration was conducted over a period of seven months and required simultaneous and cooperative operations by team members in Tokyo and California. A key objective was to measure the atmospheric attenuation and seeing during the demonstration to validate the performance of the optical link. The telemetry downlinked from the laser communications equipment provided information on the in-orbit performance of the onboard laser transmitter. Downlinked PN data enabled measurement of bit error rates. BERs as low as 10-4 were measured on the uplink and 10-5 on the downlink. Measured signal powers agreed with theoretical predictions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273703
Show Author Affiliations
Keith E. Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James R. Lesh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kenichi Araki, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Yoshinori Arimoto, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2990:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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