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Architecture and performance analysis of an optical metrology terminal for satellite-to-satellite laser ranging

Mandel, Oliver and Sell, Alexander and Chwalla, Michael and Schuldt, Thilo and Krauser, Jasper and Weise, Dennis and Braxmaier, Claus (2020) Architecture and performance analysis of an optical metrology terminal for satellite-to-satellite laser ranging. Applied Optics, 59, pp. 653-661. Optical Society of America. DOI: 10.1364/AO.378658 ISSN 1559-128X

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Abstract

Interferometric laser ranging is an enabling technology for high-precision satellite-to-satellite tracking within the context of earth observation, gravitational wave detection, or formation flying. In orbit, the measurement system is affected by environmental influences, particularly satellite attitude jitter and temperature fluctuations, imposing an instrument design with a high level of thermal stability and insensitivity to rotations around the spacecraft center of mass. The new design concept presented here combines different approaches for dynamic heterodyne laser ranging and features the inherent beam tracking capabilities of a retroreflector in a mono-axial configuration. It allows for a continuously adjustable distance between the optical bench and the location of its fiducial point, facilitating future inter-satellite tracking with nanometer accuracy, e.g., the next-generation gravity mission.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/133040/
Document Type:Article
Title:Architecture and performance analysis of an optical metrology terminal for satellite-to-satellite laser ranging
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Mandel, OliverAirbus DSUNSPECIFIED
Sell, AlexanderAirbus DS-Space, FriedrichshafenUNSPECIFIED
Chwalla, MichaelAstrium GmbH - SatellitesUNSPECIFIED
Schuldt, ThiloDLR-RY, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Krauser, JasperAirbus Defence and Space GmbHUNSPECIFIED
Weise, DennisAstrium GmbH–Satellites, 88039 Friedrichshafen, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Braxmaier, ClausDLR, BremenUNSPECIFIED
Date:2020
Journal or Publication Title:Applied Optics
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:59
DOI :10.1364/AO.378658
Page Range:pp. 653-661
Publisher:Optical Society of America
ISSN:1559-128X
Status:Published
Keywords:laser metrology, optics tip-tilt
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systems Engineering Optische Systeme
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systems Enabling Technologies
Deposited By: Hamann, Ines
Deposited On:19 Dec 2019 13:05
Last Modified:21 Jan 2020 09:59

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