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18 November 2008 New trends in laser satellite communications: design and limitations
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Proceedings Volume 7138, Photonics, Devices, and Systems IV; 71382I (2008)
Event: Photonics, Devices, and Systems IV, 2008, Prague, Czech Republic
Optical communications offer a capable alternative to radio frequency (RF) communications for applications where high data-rate is required. This technology is particularly promising and challenging in the field of future inter-satellite communications. The term laser satellite communications (LSC) stands for optical links between satellites and/or high altitude platforms (HAPs). However, optical links between an earth station and a satellite or HAPs can be also involved. This work gives an overview of nowadays laser satellite communications. Particularly, it is focused on the factors causing degradation of the optical beam in the atmosphere. If an optical link passes through the atmosphere, it suffers from various influences such as attenuation due to absorption and scattering, intensity fluctuations due to atmospheric turbulence and background radiation. Furthermore, platform vibrations cause mispointing and following tracking losses. Suitable devices and used pointing and tracking system for laser satellite communications are discussed. At the end, various scenarios of the optical links and calculations of their power link budgets and limitations are designed. Implemented software is used for calculation of optical links. This work proves that the Free Space Optics (FSO) systems on mobile platforms, like satellites and HAPs are a promising solution for future communication networks.
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J. Císar, O. Wilfert, F. Fanjul-Vélez, N. Ortega-Quijano, and J. L. Arce-Diego "New trends in laser satellite communications: design and limitations", Proc. SPIE 7138, Photonics, Devices, and Systems IV, 71382I (18 November 2008);

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