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15 May 1986 Pointing, Acquisition, And Tracking Subsystem For Space-Based Laser Communications
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A space-based laser communication system must be capable of high-speed, high-accuracy pointing for reliable communications. Results of recent studies and developments indicate that a pointing, acquisition, and tracking subsystem with these capabilities can be accomplished with current technology. This paper discusses the development of a nested-servo control system and a series of fine-steering mirrors for high-accuracy pointing control. It also presents the results of performance modeling on acquisition and tracking detectors for use with the nested-servo control system.
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Philip W. Young, Lawrence M. Germann, and Roy Nelson "Pointing, Acquisition, And Tracking Subsystem For Space-Based Laser Communications", Proc. SPIE 0616, Optical Technologies for Communication Satellite Applications, (15 May 1986); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.961045
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