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Stationary high-bandwidth beacon-tracking lasercom experiments and the evolution toward a mobile lasercom capability
Author(s): Bradley M. Jost; Kevin M. Carlson; Ewing H. Hackney; Felix E. Morgan; John R. Nelson; Kirk J. Powell; Paul D. Shubert; Martin G. Smith
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Paper Abstract

Stationary high-bandwidth experiments with a portable lasercom (laser communication) system were performed over a wide range of scintillation indices (< 0.1 to 1) at the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site in the summer of 2003. Active alignment was performed with a quad-cell tracking detector at the transmitter transponder and a conical-scan tracking beam at the receiver transponder. During good scintillation conditions, 2-km 10-Gb/s and 11-km 2.5-Gb/s capabilities were demonstrated at error-free bit-error rates over continuous intervals on the order of half an hour. The experimental transponder configuration, which had 2.5-cm transmit-side and 8-cm receive-side aperture diameters, is described and test results are presented. Modifications to the stationary beacon-tracking transponder system that support a semi-autonomous (aided-pointing), mobile, lasercom capability are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5550, Free-Space Laser Communications IV, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.562089
Show Author Affiliations
Bradley M. Jost, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
Kevin M. Carlson, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
Ewing H. Hackney, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
Felix E. Morgan, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
John R. Nelson, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
Kirk J. Powell, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
Paul D. Shubert, Goodrich Corp. (United States)
Martin G. Smith, Goodrich Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5550:
Free-Space Laser Communications IV
Jennifer C. Ricklin; David G. Voelz, Editor(s)

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