2 May 1988 The History Of Space Laser Communications
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Proceedings Volume 0885, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies; (1988) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976542
Event: 1988 Los Angeles Symposium: O-E/LASE '88, 1988, Los Angeles, CA, United States
I wasn't sure how to start this talk. I could start by saying I gave a paper on Space Laser Communications in Sept. 1962 at a space conference over a quarter century ago, or I could start by noting that this conference on lasers and laser systems is far larger than the whole conference at which my paper in 1962 was the only one on laser communications. I was sandwiched in my session between a microwave link and a UHF system. Or I could start by saying here it is 25 years later, and there still is no operational laser comm system up there working away. Or I could point out there are more people working on laser communications today than understood what a laser was in 1962.
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Monte Ross, "The History Of Space Laser Communications", Proc. SPIE 0885, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies, (2 May 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.976542; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.976542

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