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Miniature lasercomm module for integration into a small unmanned aerial platform
Author(s): M. J. Vilcheck; H. R. Burris; C. I. Moore; W. R. Smith IV; L. M. Thomas
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing a small lasercomm terminal for both direct lasercomm and communication to a modulated retroreflector (MRR). A gimbal from Cloud Cap Technology serves as the terminal positioner, which is to be integrated onto a small, unmanned airborne vehicle. A lasercomm module must be developed that meets size, weight, power, and optical performance requirements. The final module incorporates the shared optics, the tracking optic and detector, and the lasercomm receiver optics and detector. This module was designed, fabricated, assembled, and integrated into the Cloud Cap T2 gimbal. After integration, the tracking signals were measured in the lab to establish the field of view and response to pointing errors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2012
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8380, Atmospheric Propagation IX, 838003 (5 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921165
Show Author Affiliations
M. J. Vilcheck, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
H. R. Burris, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. I. Moore, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. R. Smith IV, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
L. M. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8380:
Atmospheric Propagation IX
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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