Special Issue "Space-based Laser Communications"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kerri Cahoy

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Room 37-367, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
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Phone: 617-324-6005
Interests: free space optical communication; nanosatellites; atmospheric sounding; exoplanet direct imaging; space weather

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Laser communication systems have the potential to improve the speed and latency of data downlink and crosslink for space-based applications, such as Earth observation and satellite communications. Laser communications systems also currently have minimal regulatory constraints compared with highly contested and congested radio frequencies. In addition to highly customized, robust, space-qualified systems, laser communications efforts now also focus on qualifying and using commercial terrestrial fiber-optic communications components on space-based platforms to reduce size, weight, power, and cost, as well as developing architectures that involve large constellations of small satellites and distributed ground station networks to improve availability and mitigate the impact of weather on system performance. Ongoing innovations include autonomous and portable ground station technology, advances in pointing, acquisition and tracking systems for both space and ground applications, the incorporation of precision timing capability, and the evolution of link budget and systems engineering tools away from deterministic link budgets and toward dynamic, uncertainty-based algorithms.

Prof. Dr. Kerri Cahoy
Guest Editor

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  • laser communications
  • free space optical
  • lasercom
  • ground station
  • telescope
  • adaptive optics
  • pointing acquisition and tracking
  • precision pointing

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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