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Dual integrated systems for HALE
Author(s): Bradley S. Tice
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Paper Abstract

Because free lasers offer faster transmittal of data than radio frequency, but are less reliable because of cloud cover or fog, a two stage system can be developed using HALE, high altitude long endurance, platforms as a transitional link between space and terrestrial communication nodes. Because HALE platforms will fly above cloud layers, 35,000 feet, such platforms could use either radio frequency or free space lasers for `air' to `ground' transmissions and free lasers for `space' to `air' phase of transmissions. The use of radio frequency or free laser would depend on the type of environment during operations. Vehicles that are remotely operated, solar powered platforms that function at 100,000 feet indefinitely.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3932, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII, (2 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384305
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Bradley S. Tice, Advanced Human Design (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3932:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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