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26 May 2011 High speed laser communication network for satellite systems
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Using optical links in space and building high speed laser communications network has proven to be an extremely complicated task and many such schemes were tried without success in the past. However, in the last few years, there has been impressive progress made to bring the concept to fruition in civilian and government-non classified projects. In this paper we will focus on the requirements of the space-based lasers and optics used for beam forming, as well as receiver antenna gain and detectors used in free space communications. High data rate, small antenna size, narrow beam divergence, and a narrow field of view are characteristics of laser communications that offer a number of potential advantages for system design. Space-based optical communications using satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) and Geo-synchronous orbits (GEO) hold great promise for the proposed Internet in the Sky network of the future. Also discussed are the critical parameters in the transmitter, channel, receiver, and link budget that are employed in successful inter-satellite communications system. We cover that Laser Communications offer a viable alternative to established RF communications for inter-satellite links and other applications where high performance links are a necessity.
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Allen Panahi and Alex A. Kazemi "High speed laser communication network for satellite systems", Proc. SPIE 8026, Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Transportation, and Harsh Environment II, 80260L (26 May 2011);

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