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3 May 1988 A Shuttle Based Laser System For Space Communication
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Proceedings Volume 0887, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing II; (1988) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.944206
Event: 1988 Los Angeles Symposium: O-E/LASE '88, 1988, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is planning a series of space communication experiments to validate laser technology for future NASA missions. Requirements include sevelal hundred MBPS data relay in the near earth environment and approximately one MBPS over the deep space to earth link. A key element in this program is a Shuttle-based laser system called the Laser Technology Experiments Facility (LTEF). This Facility will be designed to communicate with a cooperative laser system under development for the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) and will conduct a comprehensive set of acquisition, tracking and communication experiments. This report presents the results of the initial study of this Facility with particular emphasis on the challenges associated with LTEF acquisition of the ACTS downlink beacon laser.
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Michael W. Fitzmaurice and Ronald C. Bruno "A Shuttle Based Laser System For Space Communication", Proc. SPIE 0887, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing II, (3 May 1988); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.944206
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