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Operating in sub-arc seconds: high-precision laser terminals for intersatellite communications
Author(s): Thomas Dreischer; A. Maerki; T. Weigel; G. C. Baister; Christoph Haupt; K. Wehrle
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents the general interplay of coarse and fine tracking sub systems for an optical intersatellite link terminal. It briefly describes the hardware items that were designed by the Contraves Space led team to realise the required pointing, acquisition and tracking (PAT) functionality, especially in view of a commercial use of the terminals. Additionally, the control concept is outlined and test results are presented that were obtained during PAT sub system tests, used to verify the acquisition algorithms and the closed loop tracking performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4902, Optomechatronic Systems III, (18 October 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467643
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas Dreischer, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
A. Maerki, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
T. Weigel, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
G. C. Baister, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
Christoph Haupt, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
K. Wehrle, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4902:
Optomechatronic Systems III
Toru Yoshizawa, Editor(s)

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