Simultaneous laser ranging and communication from an Earth-based satellite laser ranging station to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in lunar orbit
Author(s)Sun, Xiaoli; Skillman, David R.; Hoffman, Evan D.; Mao, Dandan; McGarry, Jan F.; Neumann, Gregory A.; McIntire, Leva; Zellar, Ronald S.; Davidson, Frederic M.; Fong, Wai H.; Krainak, Michael A.; Zuber, Maria; Smith, David Edmund; ... Show more Show less
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We report a free space laser communication experiment from the satellite laser ranging (SLR) station at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in lunar orbit through the on board one-way Laser Ranging (LR) receiver. Pseudo random data and sample image files were transmitted to LRO using a 4096-ary pulse position modulation (PPM) signal format. Reed-Solomon forward error correction codes were used to achieve error free data transmission at a moderate coding overhead rate. The signal fading due to the atmosphere effect was measured and the coding gain could be estimated.
Departmentdelete; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV
Sun, Xiaoli, David R. Skillman, Evan D. Hoffman, Dandan Mao, Jan F. McGarry, Gregory A. Neumann, Leva McIntire, et al. “Simultaneous Laser Ranging and Communication from an Earth-Based Satellite Laser Ranging Station to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in Lunar Orbit.” Edited by Hamid Hemmati and Don M. Boroson. Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV (March 19, 2013). © Copyright Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
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