Architectural Options for a Future Deep Space Optical Communications Network

B. L. Edwards, T. Benjamin, J. Scozzafava, F. Khatri, J. Sharma, B. Parvin, R. J. Fitzgerald
2004 Space OPS 2004 Conference   unpublished
This paper provides an overview of different options at Earth to provide Deep Space optical communication services. It is based mainly on work done for the Mars Laser Communications Demonstration (MLCD) Project, a joint project between NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (JPL), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT/LL). It also reports preliminary conclusions from the Tracking and Data Relay
more » ... Satellite System Continuation Study at GSFC. A lasercom flight terminal will be flown on the Mars Telecommunications Orbiter (MTO) to be launched by NASA in 2009, and will be the first high rate deep space demonstration of this revolutionary technology.
doi:10.2514/6.2004-239-92 fatcat:mf6b2eh23zdo3pkel4tc32xm3u