26 February 2010 Optical satellite communications in Europe
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This paper describes optical satellite communication activities based on technology developments, which started in Europe more than 30 years ago and led in 2001 to the world-first optical inter-satellite communication link experiment (SILEX). SILEX proved that optical communication technologies can be reliably mastered in space and in 2006 the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) joined the optical inter-satellite experiment from their own satellite. Since 2008 the German Space Agency (DLR) is operating an inter-satellite link between the NFIRE and TerraSAR-X satellites based on a second generation of laser communication technology, which will be used for the new European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS) system to be deployed in 2013.
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Zoran Sodnik, Zoran Sodnik, Hanspeter Lutz, Hanspeter Lutz, Bernhard Furch, Bernhard Furch, Rolf Meyer, Rolf Meyer, "Optical satellite communications in Europe", Proc. SPIE 7587, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII, 758705 (26 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847075; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.847075
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