Laser communication experiments with a geostationary satellite from a ground telescope

1Kuzkov, VP, 2Sodnik, Z, 1Kuzkov, SV, 3Volovyk, DV, 3Pukha, S
1Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
2ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
3National Technical University of Ukraine «Kyiv Polytechnic Institute», Kyiv, Ukraine
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 2008, 14 ;(2):51-55
Publication Language: English
The Main Astronomical Observatory of the NAS of Ukraine is currently developing all necessary hardware to perform laser communication experiments between its 0.7-m telescope and the ARTEMIS satellite. Laser communication equipment will be installed in the Cassegrain focus of the AZT-2 telescope. Continuing the previous developments dealing with receiving and transmitting channels, the acquisition and tracking systems are now being developed, as well as a turbulence compensation system, which will reduce the pointing errors during the communication with ARTEMIS. The description of the performed work and some test results are given in the paper.
Keywords: geostationary satellite, laser communication experiments, pointing errors
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