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5.625 Gbps bidirectional laser communications measurements between the NFIRE satellite and an optical ground station
Author(s): Renny A. Fields; David A. Kozlowski; Harold T. Yura; Robert L. Wong; Josef M. Wicker; Carl T. Lunde; Mark Gregory; Bernhard K. Wandernoth; Frank F. Heine; Joseph J. Luna
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Paper Abstract

5.625 Gbps bidirectional laser communication at 1064 nm has been demonstrated on a repeatable basis between a Tesat coherent laser communication terminal with a 6.5 cm diameter ground aperture mounted inside the European Space Agency Optical Ground Station dome at Izana, Tenerife and a similar space-based terminal (12.4 cm diameter aperture) on the Near-Field InfraRed Experiment (NFIRE) low-earth-orbiting spacecraft. Both night and day bidirectional links were demonstrated with the longest being 177 seconds in duration. Correlation with atmospheric models and preliminary atmospheric r0 and scintillation measurements have been made for the conditions tested, suggesting that such coherent systems can be deployed successfully at still lower altitudes without resorting to the use of adaptive optics for compensation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2011
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 8184, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VIII, 81840D (29 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894662
Show Author Affiliations
Renny A. Fields, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
David A. Kozlowski, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Harold T. Yura, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Robert L. Wong, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Josef M. Wicker, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Carl T. Lunde, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Mark Gregory, Tesat-Spacecom (Germany)
Bernhard K. Wandernoth, Tesat-Spacecom (Germany)
Frank F. Heine, Tesat-Spacecom (Germany)
Joseph J. Luna, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8184:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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