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SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences, Volume 61, Issue 4: 040301(2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-017-9216-0

Overview of deep space laser communication

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  • ReceivedJun 5, 2017
  • AcceptedJul 28, 2017
  • PublishedDec 12, 2017

Abstract

The deep space probe is a vital technology for observing andexploring the universe. It is thus intensifying as an aerospace researchfocus on an international scale. Despite improving the frequency band,the conventional microwave communication technique has difficultysatisfying the increased demand for the enormous volume of scientific datareturning to the Earth. With a carrier frequency that is several orders ofmagnitude higher than the microwave, free-space optical communication is arobust and promising method for achieving both high bit rates and longdistances in deep space communication. In this article, the history of thistechnology is summarized and the objective laws are formulated, while keytechniques and development trends are analyzed. Finally, useful concepts andsuggestions are proposed for the development of deep space lasercommunication in China.


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