19 August 2008 Optical terminal requirements for aeronautical multi-hop networks
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High speed free space optical data links are currently finding limited use in military aircraft; however the technology is slowly starting to diffuse to civilian applications, where they could be used to provide a high bandwidth connection. However there are several issues that have to be resolved before the technology is ready for deployment. An important part of these are physical layer issues which deal with the ability to transmit and receive the optical signal reliably, as well as mechanical issues which focus on the construction of high performance, small and lightweight terminals for the optical transceiver. The later in conjunction with the cost of such a terminal create a significant limitation on the number of such equipment that any aircraft might carry on board. This paper attempts to evaluate how various such parameters affect the capability of an aircraft to take part in and help form a mesh network. The study was conducted by modeling the aircraft into a custom built SystemC based simulator tool and evaluating the connectivity achieved for varying several parameters, such as the pointing and acquisition time of the terminal and the number of terminals on board.
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Kimon Karras, Kimon Karras, Dimitris Marinos, Dimitris Marinos, Pavlos Kouros, Pavlos Kouros, } "Optical terminal requirements for aeronautical multi-hop networks", Proc. SPIE 7091, Free-Space Laser Communications VIII, 70910E (19 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792670; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.792670

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