Laser transmitter for cubesat-class applications

Crabb, Jonathan R. and Stevens, G. and Michie, C. and Johnstone, W. and Kehayas, E. (2019) Laser transmitter for cubesat-class applications. Proceedings of SPIE, 10910. 109101I. ISSN 0277-786X

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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.