12 September 2005 Overview of NRL's maritime laser communication test facility
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NRL has established a 20 mile round trip laser communication test facility across the Chesapeake Bay for investigating lasercomm performance in a maritime environment. Experiments at this facility have successfully demonstrated links at data rates up to 2.5 Gbps and at lower rates in light rain and fog. This facility is currently being upgraded to allow long term monitoring of a one-way 10 mile link across the Bay. Parameters monitored will include BER, turbulence conditions, atmospheric transmission, and meteorological conditions. A summary of past results, the design/status of the upgrade to the test facility, and recent results will be presented.
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Christopher I. Moore, Harris R. Burris, William S. Rabinovich, Linda Wasiczko, Michele R. Suite, Lee A. Swingen, Rita Mahon, Mena F. Stell, G. Charmaine Gilbreath, William J. Scharpf, "Overview of NRL's maritime laser communication test facility", Proc. SPIE 5892, Free-Space Laser Communications V, 589206 (12 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.622252; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.622252
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