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NASA Laser Communications with Adaptive Optics and Linear Mode Photon Counting, Phase I

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In this effort, the Optical Sciences Company (tOSC) and Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) will team to provide NASA with a long range laser communications system for spacecraft in the solar system. The ultimate product will be two components: (1) a spacecraft-based transceiver that uses small Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) components to generate signals that can be detected at Earth; and (2) a ground-based transceiver system that uses Laser Guide Star (LGS) Adaptive Optics (AO) plus Linear Mode Photon Counting (LMPC) Avalanche Photo-Diode (APD) detectors to sense the incoming laser communications signals. tOSC has multiple contracts in laser communications technology, and has developed numerous AO systems for the USAF, while Raytheon is the world's largest producer for advanced sensors, including photon counting technology. More »

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