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Results from a Lunar Laser Communication Experiment between NASA's LADEE Satellite and ESA's Optical Ground Station

Sodnik, Zoran and Smit, Hans and Sans, Marc and Giggenbach, Dirk and Becker, Peter and Mata Calvo, Ramon and Fuchs, Christian and Zayer, Igor and Lanucara, Marco and Schulz, Klaus-Jürgen and Widmer, Johannes and Arnold, Felix and Alonso, Angel and Montilla, Iciar (2014) Results from a Lunar Laser Communication Experiment between NASA's LADEE Satellite and ESA's Optical Ground Station. In: Proc. International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications (ICSOS) 2014. International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications (ICSOS) 2014, 7.-9. Mai 2014, Kobe, Japan.

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Abstract

ESA’s optical ground station (OGS) participated in the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) with the Laser Communication Space Terminal (LLST) onboard NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environmental Explorer (LADEE) satellite. The experiment demonstrated the capabilities of optical communication and of inter-agency cross-support for optical communication links. The OGS experimental campaign, which started on October 26 and lasted until November 20, consisted of four days of bidirectional link sessions followed by three days of no operation. Each individual link session lasted approximately 20 minutes and was repeated after two hours. Despite non optimal weather conditions multiple link sessions were performed. The paper describes the design of the transmit laser and data generation system as well as the receiver system. A special chapter is dedicated to lessons learned from transmitter/receiver alignment problems, which prevented the demonstration of data uplink and ranging from the OGS. Several possibilities to solve the alignment problem are discussed and the finally implemented solution is described.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/89892/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Results from a Lunar Laser Communication Experiment between NASA's LADEE Satellite and ESA's Optical Ground Station
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Sodnik, ZoranESTECUNSPECIFIED
Smit, HansESTECUNSPECIFIED
Sans, MarcESTECUNSPECIFIED
Giggenbach, DirkDLR-IKNUNSPECIFIED
Becker, PeterDLR-IKNUNSPECIFIED
Mata Calvo, RamonDLR-IKNUNSPECIFIED
Fuchs, ChristianDLR-IKNUNSPECIFIED
Zayer, IgorESOCUNSPECIFIED
Lanucara, MarcoESOCUNSPECIFIED
Schulz, Klaus-JürgenESOCUNSPECIFIED
Widmer, JohannesRUAG-Space AGUNSPECIFIED
Arnold, FelixRUAG-Space AGUNSPECIFIED
Alonso, AngelIACUNSPECIFIED
Montilla, IciarIACUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Proc. International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications (ICSOS) 2014
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:KNOCGOP
Event Title:International Conference on Space Optical Systems and Applications (ICSOS) 2014
Event Location:Kobe, Japan
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:7.-9. Mai 2014
Organizer:NICT
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multimedia Satellitennetze
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Satellite Networks
Deposited By: Giggenbach, Dr.-Ing. Dirk
Deposited On:21 Jul 2014 10:05
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:47

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