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Inter-satellite communications using laser based optical links
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Paper Abstract

Laser Communications offer a viable alternative to established RF communications for inter-satellite links and other applications where high performance links are a necessity. High data rate, small antenna size, narrow beam divergence, and a narrow field of view are characteristics of laser communications that offer a number of potential advantages for system design. This paper will focus on the requirements of the lasers and optics used for beam forming, as well as receiver antenna gain and detectors used in free space communications. Also discussed are the critical parameters in the Transmitter, Channel, Receiver, and link budget that are employed in successful inter-satellite communications system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6758, Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace, 67580G (2 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.747459
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Allen S. Panahi, Redondo Optics, Inc. (United States)
Alex A. Kazemi, The Boeing Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6758:
Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace
Alex A. Kazemi; Christopher S. Baldwin, Editor(s)

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