We have developed a laser stabilization system capable of measuring nm-level distance variations between satellites separated on orbit by 250 km. We describe construction of the reference cavity, show performance results and environmental tests.
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R. Pierce, M. Stephens, J. Leitch, P. Kaptchen, D. Bender, W. M. Folkner, W. M. Klipstein, D. Shaddock, R. Spero, R. Thompson, N. Yu, and M. Watkins, "Stabilized Lasers for Space Applications: A High TRL Optical Cavity Reference System," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2012, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2012), paper JW3C.3.
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