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Horizontal-link performance of the STRV-2 lasercom experiment ground terminals
Author(s): Isaac I. Kim; Eric J. Korevaar; Harel Hakakha; Ron Stieger; Brian Riley; Mary Mitchell; Nicholas M. Wong; Arunabh Lath; Carter Moursund; Micah Barclay; John J. Schuster
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Paper Abstract

The results from a 13.8 km horizontal laser communication (lasercom) link between the Space Technology Research Vehicle 2 (STRV-2) ground terminals are presented. These terrestrial tests are a precursor to the STRV-2 satellite-to-ground lasercom experiment scheduled to commence shortly after launch in June of 1999. Testing ground terminal performance through long terrestrial horizontal ranges (greater than 10 km) mimics the atmospheric effects of an uplink slant path to the low earth orbit (LEO) satellite. Bit error rates averaging 10-6 to 10-7 were achieved with only one of the three transmit telescopes operating. The terrestrial path also passed very close to a ridge, which most likely added additional ground scintillation. We expect much improved link performance once all three transmit telescopes are operational. These long-range horizontal tests will assist in the development of a long-range commercial terrestrial lasercom product, which will be baselined on the ground terminal design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3615, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XI, (26 April 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.346179
Show Author Affiliations
Isaac I. Kim, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Eric J. Korevaar, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Harel Hakakha, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Ron Stieger, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Brian Riley, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Mary Mitchell, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Nicholas M. Wong, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Arunabh Lath, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Carter Moursund, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Micah Barclay, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
John J. Schuster, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3615:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XI
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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