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Free-space optical communication systems (FOCUS): a U.S. Army overview

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Neil J. Vallestero, Mark Khusid

U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (USA)

Narasimha S. Prasad

Coherent Technologies, Inc. (USA)

John C. Carrano, George Duchak

DARPA (USA)

Jennifer C. Ricklin

Army Research Lab. (USA)

Mikhail A. Vorontsov

Univ. of Maryland/College Park (USA)

Proc. SPIE 4821, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II, 276 (December 1, 2002); doi:10.1117/12.450522
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  • Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II
  • Jennifer C. Ricklin; David G. Voelz
  • Seattle, WA | July 07, 2002

abstract

The Army's objective is to design, develop and demonstrate its 'ability to distribute information around the battlefield.' Future Army systems will be based on a survivable, adaptable network capable of integrating commercial services and securely utilizing bandwidth for voice, data, and video applications. However, microwave bandwidth allocation has been a serious problem (given crosstalk, interference and frequency management) for a mobile, adaptive communication network. Because of the inherent advantages of the high data rate, crosstalk independence, jam - resistance, covertness and quick system setup time, the Army is looking into optical wireless communication as a means to address this communications requirement. However, development of a fielded laser communication system requires the development of enabling technologies, the understanding of physical limits and performance, and concept of operations (CONOPS).

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Neil J. Vallestero ; Mark Khusid ; Narasimha S. Prasad ; John C. Carrano ; George Duchak, et al.
"Free-space optical communication systems (FOCUS): a U.S. Army overview", Proc. SPIE 4821, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II, 276 (December 1, 2002); doi:10.1117/12.450522; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.450522


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