Accession Number:

AD0293452

Title:

STUDY AND INVESTIGATION OF ACQUISITION AND TRACKING OF OPTICAL COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

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Corporate Author:

PHILCO CORP BLUE BELL PA

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Report Date:

1962-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

Acquisition and tracking as applie to representativ optical communication system are studied. The two hypo etical communication links considered were between n earth-orbiting satellite and a moon-orbiting satellit and between a earth-orbiting satellite and a cislunar space vehicle. The results show that acquisition and tracking are feasible. The study includes a typical system design based o the use of a laser communication tra smitter. This subsystem utilizes a five-motor gimbal configuration w ich mounts the optical systems and sensors that perform the far-body tracking function a d the acquisition and tracking of the communication beam. An image tube is used as th acquisition sensor in order to obtain high scanning rates. The tracki g sensor design is based on state-of-the-art star tracker and utilizes a multiplier phototube. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE