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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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|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Proceedings of 15th IST Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit|
|In ISI Web of Science:||No|
|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)|
|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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