Acquisition system for microsatellites laser communication in space

Michael Scheinfeild, N. S. Kopeika, Raviv Melamed

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Optical communication is a very complex task between satellites because of the small laser beam divergence and the large distance. Also, the vibrations of the satellites due to satellite internal systems and due to external sources may cause the laser beam to miss the intended satellite. In order to start the communication one of the satellites should start acquisition to compensate for possible large deviation angle between transmitter and receiver telescope lines of sight (LOS). During the communication if in the tracking process the satellite loses the connection the acquisition system should establish LOS quickly. In this paper are presented various acquisition search pattern methods such as raster and spiral, and different search methods such as scan/scan or scan/stare are analyzed. The influence of vibrations on these methods and compensation systems is discussed. Analysis of several components of the system is obtained through simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-175
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2000
EventFree-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: 24 Jan 200024 Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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