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Space Station-Based Deep-Space Optical Communication Experiments
Author(s): Chien-Chung Chen; Jon A. Schwartz
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Paper Abstract

A series of three experiments proposed for advanced optical deep-space communications is described. These proposed experiments would be carried aboard the Space Station to test and evaluate the capability of optical instruments to conduct data communication and spacecraft navigation for deep-space missions. Techniques for effective data communication, precision spacecraft ranging, and accurate angular measurements will be developed and evaluated in a spaceborne environment. The technology needed to assemble large space structures will be applied to construct a large aperture, segmented mirror, non-diffraction limited photon bucket capable of receiving downlink data from as far as 1000 astronomical units. In addition to testing the basic functions on communication and spacecraft navigation, these experiments will also evaluate the performance of supporting subsystems needed to carry out spacecraft acquisition, tracking, laser modulation, and data detection. Successful completion of these experiments is needed to guarantee the eventual deployment of an orbiting optical receiving station. The latter will be capable of supporting deep-space communications activities for the next century.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 1988
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0885, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies, (2 May 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.976544
Show Author Affiliations
Chien-Chung Chen, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Jon A. Schwartz, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0885:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies
David L. Begley; Gerhard A. Koepf, Editor(s)

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