27 May 1998 Lasercom test and evaluation station (LTES) development: an update
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Abstract
Pre-launch integrated system characterization of a lasercom terminal's (LCT's) communications and acquisition/tracking subsystems can provide a quantitative evaluation of the terminal and afford a better rigorous assessment of the benefits of any demonstration. The lasercom test and evaluation station developed at NASA/JPL is a high quality optical system that possesses the unique capabilities required to provide laboratory measurements of the key characteristics of lasercom terminals operating over the visible and near- infrared spectral region. Over the past year LTES has been used to provide pre-flight testing of the STRV-2 lasercom terminal developed by AstroTerra Corporation of San Diego, CA, and is currently being used for testing of the Optical Communication Demonstrator (OCD) developed by NASA/JPL. Discussions of performance validation tests carried out on LTES and its diverse capabilities are reported in this paper.
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Abhijit Biswas, Keith E. Wilson, Norman A. Page, "Lasercom test and evaluation station (LTES) development: an update", Proc. SPIE 3266, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies X, (27 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.308712; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.308712
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Data acquisition

Transmitters

Laser development

Mirrors

Modulation

Channel projecting optics

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