15 February 2018 Testing of a compact 10-Gbps Lasercomm system at Trident Warrior 2017
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Laser communications (Lasercomm) systems have gained increasing interest for both defense and commercial applications due to their ability to provide secure, long-distance, high-bandwidth communications on the move, without the need for RF spectrum management. This paper will present field test results from the U.S. Navy’s Trident Warrior 2017 fleet exercise, where a compact Lasercomm system was evaluated. As compared to previously demonstrated long range Lasercomm terminals, this compact terminal design leverages simultaneous transmit and receive spatial diversity to mitigate scintillation fades in a smaller form factor. In addition, a 10 Gbps retransmission capability has been integrated and tested to assure error-free data transport even through short duration path blockages and optical fades. The system was operated at full functionality over seven test days with network traffic loads ranging from 1 - 7.5 Gbps in bidirectional configurations. The system was exercised to a line of sight limited range of 45 km and showed capability through haze and even some levels of fog on multiple days.
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Juan C. Juarez, Juan C. Juarez, Katherine T. Souza, Katherine T. Souza, Dustin D. Nicholes, Dustin D. Nicholes, Michelle P. O'Toole, Michelle P. O'Toole, Krunal Patel, Krunal Patel, Kathleen M. Perrino, Kathleen M. Perrino, James L. Riggins, James L. Riggins, Hala J. Tomey, Hala J. Tomey, Radha A. Venkat, Radha A. Venkat, } "Testing of a compact 10-Gbps Lasercomm system at Trident Warrior 2017", Proc. SPIE 10524, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX, 105240E (15 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2290143; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2290143
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