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Broadband Backhaul Communication for Stratospheric Platforms: The Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment (STROPEX)

Horwath, Joachim and Knapek, Markus and Epple, Bernhard and Brechtelsbauer, Martin and Wilkerson, Brandon (2006) Broadband Backhaul Communication for Stratospheric Platforms: The Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment (STROPEX). In: Proceedings of SPIE -- Volume 6304, 63041N-1-63041N-12. SPIE Optical Press. Free-Space Laser Communications VI, 2006-08-15 - 2006-08-17, San Diego, California, USA. ISBN 0-8194-6383-3. ISSN 0277-786X

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A high bitrate optical downlink was performed by the stratospheric optical payload experiment (STROPEX), a part of the EU CAPANINA project. The STROPEX objectives were to design and build the necessary hardware to demonstrate an optical backhaul downlink from a stratospheric platform to the ground and to carry out channel measurements on the link. A successful measurement campaign at ESRANGE near Kiruna, Sweden achieved all of these objectives. The transportable optical ground station received an almost error free 1.25 Gbit/s data signal from the payload over a distance of 64.3 km with a bit error rate of better than 10-9. This paper gives an overview of the stratospheric optical payload experiment, focusing on the airborne free-space experimental laser terminal (FELT). Additionally, the successful measurement campaign is described and the operation of the experiment is outlined.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Broadband Backhaul Communication for Stratospheric Platforms: The Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment (STROPEX)
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Horwath, JoachimUNSPECIFIED
Epple, BernhardUNSPECIFIED
Brechtelsbauer, MartinUNSPECIFIED
Wilkerson, BrandonU.S. Air Force
Date:August 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of SPIE -- Volume 6304
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:63041N-1-63041N-12
SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:SPIE Optical Press
Keywords:Optical Inter Platform Link, High Altitude Platform, CAPANINA, STROPEX, stratospheric environmental conditions, KNOCGOP
Event Title:Free-Space Laser Communications VI
Event Location:San Diego, California, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-08-15 - 2006-08-17
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W KN - Kommunikation/Navigation
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W KN - Kommunikation/Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Multimedia Satellitennetze (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Digital Networks
Deposited By: Florian Moll
Deposited On:16 Jul 2007
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:26

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