Laser transmitter for cubesat-class applications

Jonathan R. Crabb, G. Stevens, C. Michie, W. Johnstone, E. Kehayas

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Abstract

Laser communications onboard CubeSats is an emerging technology for enabling high-speed space-based communication links. In this paper we present the development of a 25 cm 3 and second iteration 0.3 U CubeSat-class laser transmitter operating at data rates of up to 500 Mbps using OOK modulation and an output power of up to 300 mW over the entire C-band. We present results of the development and characterization of the transmitter. From this testing the design will be demonstrated up to TRL 4/5 with the view for future qualification work and electronics integration.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109101I
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE
Volume10910
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • fiber optics
  • laser transmitters
  • communications
  • free space optics
  • satellite communications
  • space photonics
  • cubesats

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