30 September 1994 Optical subsystem of the small optical user terminal (SOUT)
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The European Space Agency is developing a small optical intersatellite link terminal under the Small Optical User Terminal (SOUT) program led by British Aerospace. This has mass of around 25 kg and is based on GaAlAs diode laser technology. Special features include a periscopic coarse pointing assembly, small refractive telescope, combined acquisition and tracking sensor, fiber coupled laser transmitter, and double-sided optical bench. The optical configuration which allows these features to be combined is described and the main optical design drivers are highlighted. In particular, details of the optical components and optical bench layout are described. The status of the SOUT breadboard currently under development is also reported.
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Jeffrey Lewis, Paul V. Gatenby, Guy C. Baister, "Optical subsystem of the small optical user terminal (SOUT)", Proc. SPIE 2210, Space Optics 1994: Space Instrumentation and Spacecraft Optics, (30 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188100; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.188100


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