24 April 1997 Description of STRV-2 lasercom experimental operations
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Laser communications hardware being built under funding from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) will be flown on the Space Technology Research Vehicle 2 to be launched as part of Air Force mission TSX-5 in 1998. The flight hardware, which weighs 31.5 pounds and is designed for satellite-to-ground laser communications at data rates up to 1.24 Gb/s and ranges up to 2000 km, will be delivered to JPL for integration in March 1997. It is hoped that a successful satellite demonstration will validate the capability and readiness of lasercom for inter-satellite crosslinks and low earth orbit satellite downlinks to the ground. This paper describes the operational scenario for satellite-to-ground lasercom experiments. Experiments at other facilities, including those in Europe and Japan, are encouraged.
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Eric J. Korevaar, Eric J. Korevaar, John J. Schuster, John J. Schuster, Prasanna Adhikari, Prasanna Adhikari, Harel Hakakha, Harel Hakakha, Richard Ruigrok, Richard Ruigrok, Ron Stieger, Ron Stieger, Lee Fletcher, Lee Fletcher, Brian Riley, Brian Riley, } "Description of STRV-2 lasercom experimental operations", Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273710; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.273710

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