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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