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28 November 1988 Diode-Laser Transmitter For Space-Based Heterodyne Communication
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An optical transmitter, based on four redundant 30 mW GaAlAs diode lasers operating at 0.86 #m, is being developed for an experiment in space-based heterodyne communication. Key optical, mechanical and electrical components of the transmitter have been fabricated and tested in prototype form. A module which includes the laser, collimator and electronics has been assembled which yields a wavefront quality of better than X/36 over a 24° C temperature range. The laser and its four-element collimator have been shaken independently at 49 g (rms) without degradation in performance. The transmitter will weigh less than 2.3 kg and consume less than 4.2 W during normal operation.
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John A. Taylor, Allen D. Pillsbury, Michael F. Richardson, and David Welford "Diode-Laser Transmitter For Space-Based Heterodyne Communication", Proc. SPIE 0996, High Data Rate Atmospheric and Space Communications, (28 November 1988);

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