Optical Space Communications is one area where the presence of Error Correction can fundamentally change the trade-offs facing the system designer, as we will attempt to point out. However, there are some immediate questions to be answered:
i) What is Forward Error Correction?
ii) How should it be regarded?
iii) What can it achieve in the optical communications arena?
R. E. Peile,
"Error Correction For Optical Space Communications", Proc. SPIE 0756, Optical Technologies for Space Communication Systems, (3 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940028; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.940028