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1 August 1991 Relay Mirror Experiment overview: a GBL pointing and tracking demonstration
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The Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) has successfully demonstrated long-range, low-jitter tracking and pointing capabilities appropriate for ground-based laser (GBL) propagation. The RME program includes (1) a passively maneuverable, free-flying low-orbit spacecraft with a laser diode beacon and spoiled retroreflectors as acquisition aids; (2) a payload experiment package (PEP) consisting of sensors, optics, steerable mirrors, and control electronics. This subsystem accomplishes GBL tracking and pointing and the associated positioning of a space-based relay mirror sufficiently to relay an infrared beam between two ground sites. Design considerations for the control system included base motion disturbance and calibration; (3) two GBL sites each a tracking and pointing exercise in itself, using a combination of sensors and acquisition and tracking capabilities. One site includes a beam relay scoring capability.
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Jeffrey S. Dierks, Susan Elizabeth Ross, Aaron Brodsky, Paul W. Kervin, and Richard W. Holm "Relay Mirror Experiment overview: a GBL pointing and tracking demonstration", Proc. SPIE 1482, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing V, (1 August 1991); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.45692
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