High speed optical backbone links between a fleet of UAVs is an integral part of the Facebook connectivity architecture. To support the architecture, the optical terminals need to provide high throughput rates (in excess of tens of Gbps) while achieving low weight and power consumption. The initial effort is to develop and demonstrate an optical terminal capable of meeting the data rate requirements and demonstrate its functions for both air-air and air-ground engagements. This paper is a summary of the effort to date.
C. Chen, A. Grier, M. Malfa, E. Booen, H. Harding, C. Xia, M. Hunwardsen, J. Demers, K. Kudinov, G. Mak, B. Smith, A. Sahasrabudhe, F. Patawaran, T. Wang, A. Wang, C. Zhao, D. Leang, J. Gin, M. Lewis, D. Nguyen, and K. Quirk, "High-speed optical links for UAV applications," Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 1009615 (Presented at SPIE LASE: February 01, 2017; Published: 7 March 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2256248.
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