Optical Communication for High Altitude Platforms: the Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment
Horwath, Joachim and Wilkerson, Brandon and Knapek, Markus and Epple, Bernhard and Brechtelsbauer, Martin and Henniger, Hennes (2006) Optical Communication for High Altitude Platforms: the Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment. In: Proceedings of the 3rd Advanced Satellite Mobile Systems Conference (ASMS). Advanced Satellite Mobile Systems Conference, 2006-05-29 - 2006-05-31, Herrsching, Germany.
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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 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 64.1 km with a bit error rate of better than 10-9. This paper gives an overview of the stratospheric optical payload experiment including the airborne free-space experimental laser terminal (FELT) and the transportable optical ground station (TOGS). Additionally, the successful measurement campaign is described and the operation of the experiment is discussed. Finally, selected measurements are presented highlighting significant data transmission results, pointing and tracking accuracy, and thermal subsystem effectiveness.
|Document Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)|
|Title:||Optical Communication for High Altitude Platforms: the Stratospheric Optical Payload Experiment|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Proceedings of the 3rd Advanced Satellite Mobile Systems Conference (ASMS)|
|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:||Advanced Satellite Mobile Systems Conference|
|Event Location:||Herrsching, Germany|
|Event Type:||international Conference|
|Event Dates:||2006-05-29 - 2006-05-31|
|HGF - Research field:||Aeronautics, Space and Transport|
|HGF - Program:||Space|
|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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