17 May 2006 Packet testing in free-space optical communication links over water
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NRL's Chesapeake Bay lasercom test facility (LCTF) offers a variety of ranges for researching free-space optical laser communication (FSO lasercom) links in a maritime environment. This paper discusses link performance over the 16 km one-way range at the LCTF. There are several methods to determine the link quality in FSO lasercom. Bit-error-rate (BER) testing and packet testing are two possible methods. Since errors generally tend to occur in bursts in FSO channels, packet testing may offer a better indication of the quality of service (QoS) rather than BER testing. Link performance measured via packet testing is being investigated in a variety of atmospheric conditions. Results of these experiments will be presented.
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M. R. Suite, M. R. Suite, H. R. Burris, H. R. Burris, C. I. Moore, C. I. Moore, M. F. Stell, M. F. Stell, L. Wasiczko, L. Wasiczko, W. Freeman, W. Freeman, W. S. Rabinovich, W. S. Rabinovich, G. C. Gilbreath, G. C. Gilbreath, W. J. Scharpf, W. J. Scharpf, } "Packet testing in free-space optical communication links over water", Proc. SPIE 6215, Atmospheric Propagation III, 621505 (17 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668128; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.668128
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