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Field demonstrations of active laser ranging with sub-mm precision
Author(s): Yijiang Chen; Kevin M. Birnbaum; Hamid Hemmati
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Paper Abstract

Precision ranging between planets will provide valuable information for scientific studies of the solar system and fundamental physics. Current passive ranging techniques using retro-reflectors are limited to the Earth-Moon distance due to 1/R4 losses. We report on a laboratory realization and field implementation of active laser ranging in real-time with two terminals, emulating interplanetary distances. Sub-millimeter accuracy is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7923, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIII, 79230S (21 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875799
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Yijiang Chen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kevin M. Birnbaum, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hamid Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7923:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIII
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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