22 April 1996 Commercial opportunities, versus government programs, will likely drive the future of laser communications
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Historical applications for space-based, free-space laser communications have almost exclusively been borne out of government programs. While governments will remain the primary customer for research and exploratory applications, commercial demand is sure to drive the future of laser communications. It will either drive the industry to prosperity or out of business. This paper characterizes and postulates an end to lasercom's 'developmental era.' A paradigm shift is described which may lead the industry into its 'operational era.' Some future customers and their requirements, which will likely demand industry evolution, are identified. Characteristics of requisite change are descried. And finally, the implications of such change are postulated.
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James E. Freidell, "Commercial opportunities, versus government programs, will likely drive the future of laser communications", Proc. SPIE 2699, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VIII, (22 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238429; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.238429
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