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Backhaul Communication for High-Altitude Platform Networks: Results of STROPEX, the Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment

Horwath, Joachim and Wilkerson, Brandon and Knapek, Markus and Epple, Bernhard and Perlot, Nicolas and Giggenbach, Dirk and Brechtelsbauer, Martin and Henniger, Hennes (2006) Backhaul Communication for High-Altitude Platform Networks: Results of STROPEX, the Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment. In: Proceedings of 15th IST Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit. 15th Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit, 2006-06-04 - 2006-06-08, Myconos, Greece.

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Abstract

A high bitrate optical downlink was performed from a stratospheric balloon. The objectives of the stratospheric optical payload experiment (STROPEX), a part of the EU project CAPANINA, were to plan and build the necessary hardware to demonstrate and carry out channel measurements on an optical backhaul downlink from a stratospheric platform test bed to the ground. During the stratospheric campaign at ESRANGE, near Kiruna, Sweden, all these objectives were achieved. The transportable optical ground station received a nearly error free 1.25 Gbit/s data signal from the stratosphere. The distance was 64.1 km and the bit error rate better than 10-9. This paper gives an overview of the optical terminal, the successful trial, and scientific results. First, the developed optical terminal with precise autonomous acquisition abilities is explained. Next, the experiment, trial realization, and boundary conditions are outlined. Finally, the principles of operation of the turbulence instruments, which monitored the characteristic atmospheric parameters during data transmission, are explained and measurement data are presented.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Backhaul Communication for High-Altitude Platform Networks: Results of STROPEX, the Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Horwath, JoachimUNSPECIFIED
Wilkerson, BrandonUNSPECIFIED
Knapek, MarkusUNSPECIFIED
Epple, BernhardUNSPECIFIED
Perlot, NicolasUNSPECIFIED
Giggenbach, DirkUNSPECIFIED
Brechtelsbauer, MartinUNSPECIFIED
Henniger, HennesUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of 15th IST Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Optical Inter Platform Link, High Altitude Platform, Optical Ground Station, Atmospheric Optical Downlink, Index of Refraction Turbulence, KNOCGOP
Event Title:15th Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit
Event Location:Myconos, Greece
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-06-04 - 2006-06-08
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:27 Apr 2009 14:02

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