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Approach for acquiring and tracking downlink from Mars using the Hale telescope
Author(s): Abhijit Biswas; Sabino Piazzolla; K. Quirk; Gerardo G. Ortiz; Shinhak Lee; Meera Srinivasan; Chien Chung Chen
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Paper Abstract

NASA’s upcoming Mars Laser Communication Demonstration (MLCD) scheduled for the 2010-2011 time-frame is planning to use the Hale telescope at Palomar Mountain, California to receive the downlink. The optical links will be demonstrated in the presence of daytime sky backgrounds with the characteristic faint laser signal associated with transmission from deep space. A system level description for acquiring and tracking the laser downlink signal in order to achieve the desired communications performance is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5712, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVII, (18 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.600833
Show Author Affiliations
Abhijit Biswas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sabino Piazzolla, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
K. Quirk, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gerardo G. Ortiz, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Shinhak Lee, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Meera Srinivasan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Chien Chung Chen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5712:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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