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Canonical deep space optical communications transceiver
Author(s): Gerardo G. Ortiz; William H. Farr; Jeffrey R. Charles; W. Thomas Roberts; Virginio Sannibale; Jonathan Gin; Adit Saharaspude; Vachik Garkanian
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Paper Abstract

A canonical deep space optical communications transceiver which makes synergistic use of advanced technologies to reduce size, weight, power and cost has been designed and is currently under fabrication and test. This optical transceiver can be used to retire risks associated with deep space optical communications on a planetary pathfinder mission and is complementary to ongoing lunar & access link developments. Advanced technologies being integrated into this transceiver include use of a single photon-sensitive detector array for acquisition, tracking and communications; use of two-photon absorption for transmit beam tracking to vastly improve transmit/receive isolation; and a sub-Hertz break frequency vibration isolation platform is used to mitigate spacecraft vibration jitter. This article will present the design and current test results of the canonical transceiver.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7199, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI, 71990K (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812410
Show Author Affiliations
Gerardo G. Ortiz, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
William H. Farr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Charles, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
W. Thomas Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Virginio Sannibale, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Gin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Adit Saharaspude, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Vachik Garkanian, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7199:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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