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OPTEL family of optical terminals for space based and airborne platform communications links
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Paper Abstract

Contraves Space AG is currently developing the OPTEL family of optical terminals for free-space optical communications. The optical terminals within the OPTEL family have been designed so as to be able to position Contraves Space for future opportunities open to this technology. These opportunities range from commercial optical satellite crosslinks between geostationary (GEO) satellites, deep space optical links between planetary probes and the Earth, as well as optical links between airborne platforms (either between the airborne platforms or between a platform and GEO satellite). This paper will present an overview of the space based and airborne system architectures that the Contraves Space family of OPTEL terminals have been designed to support, provide a description and performance summary of each OPTEL terminal and the key technologies that have been developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5986, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks II, 59860Z (26 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.630385
Show Author Affiliations
Guy Baister, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
Thomas Dreischer, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)
Edgar Fischer, Contraves Space AG (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5986:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks II
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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