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26 April 2002 Design and performance of the ESA Optical Ground Station
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Proceedings Volume 4635, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIV; (2002)
Event: High-Power Lasers and Applications, 2002, San Jose, California, United States
The European Space Agency (ESA) has undertaken the development of Optical Data Relay payloads, aimed at establishing free space optical communication links between satellites. The first of such systems put into orbit is the SILEX project, in which an experimental link between a GEO satellite (ARTEMIS) and a LEO satellite (SPOT IV) will be used to relay earth observation data. In order to perform In Orbit Testing (IOT) of these and future optical communications systems, ESA and the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) reached an agreement for the building of the Optical Ground Station (OGS) in the IAC Teide Observatory, which consists basically of a 1-meter telescope and the suitable instrumentation for establishing and testing bi-directional optical links with satellites. The presence of the atmosphere in the data path posses particular problems, with an impact on the instrumentation design. The transmission, reception and measurement functions, along with the overall control of the instruments, are performed at OGS by the Focal Plane Control Electronics (FPCE). The design and performance of this instrumentation is presented, emphasizing the Pointing, Acquisition and Tracking, the Tuneable Laser and the Master Control.
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Marcos Reyes Garcia-Talavera, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Teodora Viera, Heidi Moreno-Arce, Jose Luis Rasilla, Fernando Gago, Luis Fernando Rodriguez, Panchita Gomez, and Ezequiel Ballesteros Ramirez "Design and performance of the ESA Optical Ground Station", Proc. SPIE 4635, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIV, (26 April 2002);

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