26 February 2010 Emulating an optical planetary access link with an aircraft
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Video imagery was streamed from the ground to an aircraft using a free-space laser communication link. The link operated at 270 Mb/s over slant ranges of 5-9 km in day and night time background conditions. The experiment was designed to demonstrate autonomous link acquisition and served as a first proof-of-concept for a planetary access link between a surface asset and an orbiter at Mars. System parameters monitored during the link demonstration including acquisition and tracking and communication performance are discussed.
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Abhijit Biswas, Abhijit Biswas, Joseph Kovalik, Joseph Kovalik, Martin W. Regehr, Martin W. Regehr, Malcolm Wright, Malcolm Wright, } "Emulating an optical planetary access link with an aircraft", Proc. SPIE 7587, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII, 75870B (26 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.845225; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.845225
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