Aerospace America - Free-Space Laser Communications
Article by Geoffrey Hyde, consultant, and Burton I. Edelson, research professor and director of the Institute of Applied Space Research, George Washington University.
The use of the word "radio" in the title is somewhat of a poor choice and could be considered to be confusing to the non-technical reader. It should not have been used as a synonym for "communications". For the one thing this isn't is a "radio communications link". It is, of course, an "optical communications link".
JPL Optical Communications Demonstrator lasercom terminal is a flight-qualifiable design, adaptable to meet the needs of a wide variety of space missions, including intersatellite links, Earth to near-space links, and deep-space missions. Photograph courtesy of JPL Optical Communications Group.
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