Accession Number ADA564661
Title Overview of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Project.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 13p
Personal Author A. Fletcher B. L. Edwards D. Israel J. Moores K. Wilson
Abstract This paper provides an overview of the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration Project (LCRD), a joint project between NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (JPL), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT/LL). LCRD will provide two years of continuous high data rate optical communications in an operational environment demonstrating how optical communications can meet NASA's growing need for higher data rates, or for the same data rate provided by a comparable RF system, how it enables lower power, lower mass communications systems on user spacecraft. In addition, LCRD's architecture will allow it to serve as a testbed in space for the development of additional symbol coding, link and network layer protocols, etc. This paper reviews the current concepts and designs for the flight and ground optical communications terminals, the critical technologies required, and the concept of operations. It reports preliminary conclusions from several trade studies conducted at GSFC, JPL, and MIT/LL. The flight optical communications terminals will be flown on a commercial communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit to be launched no earlier than December 2016, and will demonstrate a technology critical for NASA's Next Generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellite.
Keywords Commercial communications
Communication satellites
Communication terminals
Data links
Data rate
High rate
Laser communications
Radiofrequency
Spacecraft
Tracking


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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