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15 March 2016 Deep space laser communications
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A number of laser communication link demonstrations from near Earth distances extending out to lunar ranges have been remarkably successful, demonstrating the augmented channel capacity that is accessible with the use of lasers for communications. The next hurdle on the path to extending laser communication and its benefits throughout the solar system and beyond is to demonstrate deep-space laser communication links. In this paper, concepts and technology development being advanced at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in order to enable deep-space link demonstrations to ranges of approximately 3 AU in the next decade, will be discussed.
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Abhijit Biswas, Joseph M. Kovalik, Meera Srinivasan, Matthew Shaw, Sabino Piazzolla, Malcolm W. Wright, and William H. Farr "Deep space laser communications", Proc. SPIE 9739, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVIII, 97390Q (15 March 2016);

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