6 March 2014 Introduction of a terrestrial free-space optical communications network facility: IN-orbit and Networked Optical ground stations experimental Verification Advanced testbed (INNOVA)
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A terrestrial free-space optical communications network facility, named IN-orbit and Networked Optical ground stations experimental Verification Advanced testbed (INNOVA) is introduced. Many demonstrations have been conducted to verify the usability of sophisticated optical communications equipment in orbit. However, the influence of terrestrial weather conditions remains as an issue to be solved. One potential solution is site diversity, where several ground stations are used. In such systems, implementing direct high-speed optical communications links for transmission of data from satellites to terrestrial sites requires that links can be established even in the presence of clouds and rain. NICT is developing a terrestrial free-space optical communications network called INNOVA for future airborne and satellitebased optical communications projects. Several ground stations and environmental monitoring stations around Japan are being used to explore the site diversity concept. This paper describes the terrestrial free-space optical communications network facility, the monitoring stations around Japan for free-space laser communications, and potential research at NICT.
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Morio Toyoshima, Yasushi Munemasa, Hideki Takenaka, Yoshihisa Takayama, Yoshisada Koyama, Hiroo Kunimori, Toshihiro Kubooka, Kenji Suzuki, Shinichi Yamamoto, Shinichi Taira, Hiroyuki Tsuji, Isao Nakazawa, Maki Akioka, "Introduction of a terrestrial free-space optical communications network facility: IN-orbit and Networked Optical ground stations experimental Verification Advanced testbed (INNOVA)", Proc. SPIE 8971, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI, 89710R (6 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2044181; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2044181
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