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25 March 2019 Opto-mechatronics system development for future intersatellite laser communications
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Proceedings Volume 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI; 109101B (2019)
Event: SPIE LASE, 2019, San Francisco, California, United States
Optical communications will complement radio frequency (RF) communications in the coming decades to enhance throughput, power efficiency and link security of satellite communication links. To enable optical communications technology for intersatellite links and (bi-directional) ground to satellite links, TNO develops a suite of technologies in collaboration with industry. Throughout these developments there is a particular aim for high levels of system integration, compactness and low recurring cost in order to meet the overall requirements related to market viability. TNO develops terminals with aperture sizes of 70 and 17 mm, coarse pointing assemblies and fast steering mirrors. This paper discusses the state of development of these different technologies and provides and outlook towards the future.
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Rudolf Saathof, Stefan Kuiper, Will Crowcombe, Harry de Man, Dorus de Lange, Nick van der Valk, Lukas Kramer, and Erik Fritz "Opto-mechatronics system development for future intersatellite laser communications", Proc. SPIE 10910, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXI, 109101B (25 March 2019);


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