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Steered agile beams program support for Army requirements
Author(s): W. Brian Matkin
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Paper Abstract

The use of lasers in Army communications has many advantages, such as a broad bandwidth, covertness, reduced weight and size, freedom from allocating frequencies, and difficulty of intercept or jamming. The major shortfalls of using lasers are the need for line-of-sight and the potential for atmospheric degradation. The line-of-sight issue becomes a problem when either the transmitter or receiver are moving. In these instances, there is a need to develop a means of automatically acquiring and locking onto other laser devices to assure intra-beam communications. The Steered Agile Beams (STAB) program is designed to develop this technology. This presentation highlights how the STAB technology is being prepared for transition to the services.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4489, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging, (22 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453216
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W. Brian Matkin, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4489:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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