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4 March 2019 Optical technologies for very high throughput satellite communications
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Proceedings Volume 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI; 109100W (2019) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2513819
Event: SPIE LASE, 2019, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
Broadband internet access has become a vertex for the future development of society and industry in the digital era. Geostationary orbit (GEO) satellite can provide global broadband coverage, becoming a complementary solution to optical fiber network. Low-earth-orbit (LEO) constellations have been proposed in the last years and they may become a reality soon, but still based on radiofrequency for the ground-to-satellite links. Optical technologies offer multiple THz of available spectrum, which can be used in the feeder link. The DLR’s Institute of Communications and Navigation has demonstrated Terabit-per-second throughput in relevant environment for GEO communications, in terms of the turbulent channel. In 2016 DLR set the world-record in freespace communications to 1.72 Tbit/s, and in 2017 to 13.16 Tbit/s. Two terminals, emulating the satellite and the ground station have been developed. Bi-directional communications link with single-mode-fiber coupling at both ends was demonstrated. Adaptive optics for the downlink and uplink (pre-distortion) improved the fiber-coupling in downlink and decreased signal fluctuations in uplink. A 80 Gbit/s QPSK system based on digital homodyne reception was also developed, demonstrating the use of coherent communications under strong turbulence conditions. These activities were performed in the frame of two internal DLR projects, THRUST and Global Connectivity Synergy project. Several measurement campaigns took place in the last years in a valley-to-mountain-top test-link. Turbulence has been monitored at both ends and the point-ahead-angle has been emulated by separating the downlink beacon from the receiving aperture. An overview of the system and the main results will be presented.
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Ramon Mata Calvo, Juraj Poliak, Janis Surof, Andrew Reeves, Mathias Richerzhagen, Helawae Friew Kelemu, Ricardo Barrios, Carlos Carrizo, Raphael Wolf, Fabian Rein, Annika Dochhan, Karen Saucke, and Wolfram Luetke "Optical technologies for very high throughput satellite communications", Proc. SPIE 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI, 109100W (4 March 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2513819
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