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Space Optical Communications Using Laser Beam Amplification

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Space Optical Communications Using Laser Beam Amplification
This project addresses the manner in which data is transmitted from a space terminal using optical communications. In the first year, the objective of the research will be to develop a capability for amplifying a laser beam for use in a modulating retro-reflector (MRR) that is in a satellite in low Earth orbit. This innovation would allow for the use of a weaker laser at the ground terminal. In the second year, the research will be to increase the amplification for studying the feasibility of MMRs inside deep-space spacecraft to simplify and improve the pointing procedure between the Earth and spacecraft terminals. More »

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