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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 2 — Jan. 28, 2013
  • pp: 1865–1871

Free space laser communication experiments from Earth to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in lunar orbit

Xiaoli Sun, David R. Skillman, Evan D. Hoffman, Dandan Mao, Jan F. McGarry, Leva McIntire, Ronald S. Zellar, Frederic M. Davidson, Wai H. Fong, Michael A. Krainak, Gregory A. Neumann, Maria T. Zuber, and David E. Smith  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 1865-1871 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.001865


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Abstract

Laser communication and ranging experiments were successfully conducted from the satellite laser ranging (SLR) station at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in lunar orbit. The experiments used 4096-ary pulse position modulation (PPM) for the laser pulses during one-way LRO Laser Ranging (LR) operations. Reed-Solomon forward error correction codes were used to correct the PPM symbol errors due to atmosphere turbulence and pointing jitter. The signal fading was measured and the results were compared to the model.

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OCIS Codes
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: October 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 26, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 31, 2012
Published: January 17, 2013

Citation
Xiaoli Sun, David R. Skillman, Evan D. Hoffman, Dandan Mao, Jan F. McGarry, Leva McIntire, Ronald S. Zellar, Frederic M. Davidson, Wai H. Fong, Michael A. Krainak, Gregory A. Neumann, Maria T. Zuber, and David E. Smith, "Free space laser communication experiments from Earth to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in lunar orbit," Opt. Express 21, 1865-1871 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-2-1865


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