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OCTL to OICETS optical link experiment (OTOOLE) electrooptical systems
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Paper Abstract

The OCTL to OICETS Optical Link Experiment (OTOOLE) project demonstrated bi-directional optical communications between the JAXA Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite (OICETS) spacecraft and the NASA Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL) ground station. This paper provides a detailed description of the experiment design for the uplink optical channel, in which 4 beacon lasers and 3 modulated communication lasers were combined and projected through the F/76 OCTL main telescope. The paper also describes the reimaging optical design employed on the acquisition telescope for receiving the OICETS-transmitted signal and the design of the receiver channel. Performance tests and alignment techniques of both systems are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 February 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7587, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII, 75870Y (26 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855137
Show Author Affiliations
W. Thomas Roberts, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Malcolm W. Wright, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph Kovalik, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Vachik Garkanian, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Keith E. Wilson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7587:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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