21 May 2013 Demonstration of space optical transmitter development for multiple high-frequency bands
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As the demand for multiple radio frequency carrier bands continues to grow in space communication systems, the design of a cost-effective compact optical transmitter that is capable of transmitting selective multiple RF bands is of great interest, particularly for NASA Space Communications Network Programs. This paper presents experimental results that demonstrate the feasibility of a concept based on an optical wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technique that enables multiple microwave bands with different modulation formats and bandwidths to be combined and transmitted all in one unit, resulting in many benefits to space communication systems including reduced size, weight and complexity with corresponding savings in cost. Experimental results will be presented including the individual received RF signal power spectra for the L, C, X, Ku, Ka, and Q frequency bands, and measurements of the phase noise associated with each RF frequency. Also to be presented is a swept RF frequency power spectrum showing simultaneous multiple RF frequency bands transmission. The RF frequency bands in this experiment are among those most commonly used in NASA space environment communications.
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Hung Nguyen, Hung Nguyen, Rainee Simons, Rainee Simons, Edwin Wintucky, Edwin Wintucky, Jon Freeman, Jon Freeman, "Demonstration of space optical transmitter development for multiple high-frequency bands", Proc. SPIE 8739, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications VI, 87390I (21 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2014535; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2014535
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