Analysis of performance and robustness against jitter of various search methods for acquiring optical links in space.

  title={Analysis of performance and robustness against jitter of various search methods for acquiring optical links in space.},
  author={Gerald Hechenblaikner},
  journal={Applied optics},
  volume={60 13},
We discuss various methods for acquiring optical links in space using a dedicated acquisition sensor. Statistical models are developed and simple analytical equations derived that compare the performance between a single- and dual-spiral scan approach as well as between sequential and parallel acquisition of link chains. Simple derived analytical equations allow relating essential search parameters such as track width, variance of the uncertainty distribution, capture radius, and scan speed to… 

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