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Ground stations for aeronautical and space laser communications at German Aerospace Center

Moll, Florian and Shrestha, Amita and Fuchs, Christian (2015) Ground stations for aeronautical and space laser communications at German Aerospace Center. In: Proceedings of SPIE 9647. SPIE Press. SPIE Security + Defence - Advanced Free-Space Optical Communication Techniques and Applications, 24.09.2015, Toulouse, France. doi: 10.1117/12.2194093.

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Free-space laser communications are subject of current research and development in many research and industrial bodies. Long distance air-ground and space-ground can be implemented in future communication networks as feeder, backbone and backhaul links for various air- and space-based scenarios. The Institute of Communications and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) operates two ground stations to investigate the communication channel and system: the Optical Ground Station Oberpfaffenhofen and the Transportable Optical Ground Station. The first one is a fixed installation and operated as experimental station with focus on channel measurements and tests of new developments. Various measurement devices, communication receivers and optical setups may easily be installed for different objectives. The facility is described with its dome installation, telescope setup and infrastructure. Past and current deployment in several projects is described and selected measurement achievements presented. The second ground station is developed for semi-operational use and demonstration purposes. Based on experience with the experimental ground station, this one is developed with higher level of integration and system robustness. The focus application is the space-ground and air-ground downlink of payload data from Earth observation missions. Therefore, it is also designed to be easily transportable for worldwide deployment. The system is explained and main components are discussed. The characteristics of both ground stations are presented and discussed. Further advancements in the equipment and capability are also presented.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/100883/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:KNOCGOP
Title:Ground stations for aeronautical and space laser communications at German Aerospace Center
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:29 October 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of SPIE 9647
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:SPIE Press
Keywords:Free-space optical communications, optical ground station, transportable optical ground station, laboratory, facility, measurement system
Event Title:SPIE Security + Defence - Advanced Free-Space Optical Communication Techniques and Applications
Event Location:Toulouse, France
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:24.09.2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (old), V - Vabene++ (old), R - Vorhaben Multimedia Satellitennetze (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Satellite Networks
Deposited By: Moll, Florian
Deposited On:18 Dec 2015 08:48
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:58

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