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Preliminary results of the STRV-2 satellite-to-ground lasercom experiment
Author(s): Isaac I. Kim; Harel Hakakha; Brian Riley; Nicholas M. Wong; Mary Mitchell; Russell Howe; Carter Moursund; Wesley Brown; Prasanna Adhikari; Arunabh Lath; Eric J. Korevaar
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Paper Abstract

A low earth orbit (LEO) satellite laser communication (lasercom) terminal built under funding by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization will be flown as part of the Space Technology Research Vehicle 2 (STRV-2) experiment module. The STRV-2 experiment module will be housed on the Air Force Tri-Service Experiments 5 spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch on April 15, 2000. The lasercom flight hardware weighs 31.5 pounds, with a volume less than a cubic foot, and is capable of communication at data rates up to 1 Gbps. The LEO satellite-to-ground lasercom experiment is designed for slant ranges up to 2000 km and elevation angles above 15 degrees over the horizon. This experiment will demonstrate a successful satellite lasercom link that will validate the capability and readiness of lasercom for inter- satellite crosslinks, and data downlinks from LEO earth sensing satellites. Two transportable ground terminals have been built and are presently being characterized. This paper describes the results from open loop pointing tests of an STRV-2 ground terminal to currently orbiting LEO satellites illuminated by the sun, such as the Hubble Space Telescope.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3932, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII, (2 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384315
Show Author Affiliations
Isaac I. Kim, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Harel Hakakha, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Brian Riley, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Nicholas M. Wong, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Mary Mitchell, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Russell Howe, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Carter Moursund, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Wesley Brown, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Prasanna Adhikari, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Arunabh Lath, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)
Eric J. Korevaar, AstroTerra Corp. (United States)

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

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