Small optical transponder for small satellites


Space optical communications from small satellites need to be developed for the high-data-rate communications link to the ground. The requirements for the onboard resources are discussed with respect to the antenna diameter, the mass, and the consumption power. The development for a small optical transponder has begun and the data rate will be on the order of several ten-Mbps. The mass of the small optical transponder will be about 5 kg, which can be embarked on 50-kg-class small satellites as the piggyback of launch vehicles.

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@article{Toyoshima2010SmallOT, title={Small optical transponder for small satellites}, author={Morio Toyoshima and Hideki Takenaka and Yozo Shoji and Yoshihisa Takayama and Yoshisada Koyama and Maki Akioka}, journal={2010 7th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks & Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP 2010)}, year={2010}, pages={558-561} }