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Laser beam propagation measurement using a ground-to-satellite (ETS-VI) path
Author(s): Kenichi Araki; Morio Toyoshima; Yoshinori Arimoto; Masahiro Toyoda
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Paper Abstract

The first ground-to-satellite laser communication experiments were performed during December 1994 and July 1996 to demonstrate basic technologies for space laser communication systems. It used an optical communication package on-board the engineering test satellite VI and its companion ground optical terminals. A b-directional optical link over 40000 km was demonstrated along with precise transmission control of extremely narrow laser beams at both on-board and ground terminals. It is important to know characteristics of laser beam propagation through turbulent atmosphere and to accumulate experimental data. In the paper an overview of measurement result and discussion on laser beam propagation between the ground and the satellite are presented.

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Date Published: 22 December 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3218, Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques, (22 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.295640
Show Author Affiliations
Kenichi Araki, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Morio Toyoshima, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Yoshinori Arimoto, Communications Research Lab. (Japan)
Masahiro Toyoda, National Space Development Agency of Japan (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3218:
Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques
Ulrich Schreiber; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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