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27 January 2004 Laser communications utilizing Molniya satellite orbits
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The Molniya orbit can be exploited for communications using laser technology. Since the Molniya orbit repeats, exactly, every 24 hours, such a system will allow high latitude and ground based lasers to use Molniya satellite links much the same way that equatorial located lasers can use geostationary satellites. Thus the benefits of a geostationary laser communications system can be employed worldwide.
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Russell L. Thornton, Ronald L. Phillips, and Larry C. Andrews "Laser communications utilizing Molniya satellite orbits", Proc. SPIE 5160, Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III, (27 January 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.507460
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