Accession Number : ADA328975

Title :   Laser Communications,

Corporate Author : ARMY SPACE AND STRATEGIC DEFENSE COMMAND HUNTSVILLE AL

Personal Author(s) : Chan, V. ; Chambers, Gary

PDF Url : ADA328975

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) is developing advanced greater than 1 Gigabit per second data rate, anti-jam, low probability of intercept laser communication crosslinks between satellites and among Theater Missile Defense (TMD) and National Missile Defense (NMD) communications networks on the ground and in the air. Technology efforts are on-going in the following areas: ultra-stable laser sources, wide field of view acquisition and tracking, novel beam steering concepts, spatially incoherent transmitter arrays, extremely high bandwidth receiver systems and novel networking concepts. The program has successfully demonstrated an operational laser communications system in the presence of platform motion experienced in high altitude aircraft at a range of 150 km. Future plans include a 1998 demonstration of a satellite-to-ground communication link.

Descriptors :   *SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, *LASER COMMUNICATIONS, *THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE, GUIDED MISSILES, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ARRAYS, TRACKING, COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, HIGH ALTITUDE, TRANSMITTERS, DATA RATE, BEAM STEERING, NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Radio Communications
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE