27 May 1998 Laser communications terminal for the X2000 series of planetary missions
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A new program called the Advanced Deep-Space Systems Development Program (a.k.a. X2000 Program) has been initiated to develop new cutting-edge technologies for NASA's deep-space missions in an overall flight project environment. Several technologies have been selected for development under the first delivery of the X2000 Program. Optical communications is one of those technologies. This paper provides an overview of the X2000 Program and describes the optical communications terminal that will be developed therein. The spacecraft terminal will be a multi-function instrument, capable of not only two-way communications from distances out to Europa (Jupiter), but two-way ranging, science imaging and laser altimeter reception as well. The plan for the development of the terminal is also described.
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Hamid Hemmati, Hamid Hemmati, James R. Lesh, James R. Lesh, "Laser communications terminal for the X2000 series of planetary missions", Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308707; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.308707

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