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Center Independent Research & Development: JPL IRAD

Towards High-Precision Navigation and Science Investigations with Deep-Space Optical Transceivers (ADOT)

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The objective of this task is to study methods and to develop technologies needed to enable navigation and science measurements on the new generation of the Deep Space Laser Communication Transceivers.

The objectives of this task are: (1) To determine the navigational and science requirements for an advanced deep-space optical terminal (DOT 2.0); (2) Based on the current baseline DSOC formulate a set of specific improvements in the architecture that would lead to a compact self-sufficient DOT fully capable of optical comm, navigation, and science measurements; (3) Determine any necessary improvements to the ground-based infrastructure needed to support the navigation and science capabilities of an advanced DOT; 4) Build a proof-of-concept of an advanced DOT capable of ranging and astrometry, and (5) Develop algorithms and models for utilizing ranging and astrometry data for the purposes of high-precision optical navigation and science measurements.

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