ATI's Satellite Laser Communications course
This course will provide an introduction and
overview of laser communication principles and
technologies for unguided, free-space beam
propagation. Special emphasis is placed on
highlighting the differences, as well as similarities
to RF communications and other laser systems, and
design issues and options relevant to future laser
What You Will Learn:
This course will provide you the knowledge and ability to
perform basic satellite laser communication analysis,
identify tradeoffs, interact meaningfully with colleagues,
evaluate systems, and understand the literature.
- How is a laser-communication system superior to
- How link performance is analyzed.
- What are the options for acquisition, tracking and
- What are the options for laser transmitters, receivers
and optical systems.
- What are the atmospheric effects on the beam and
how to counter them.
- What are the typical characteristics of lasercommunication
- How to calculate mass, power and cost of flight.
Who Should Attend:
Engineers, scientists, managers, or professionals
who desire greater technical depth, or RF
communication engineers who need to assess this
- Introduction. . Brief historical background, RF/Optical
comparison; basic Block diagrams; and applications
- Link Analysis. Parameters influencing the link;
frequency dependence of noise; link performance
comparison to RF; and beam profiles.
- Laser Transmitter. Laser sources; semiconductor
lasers; fiber amplifiers; amplitude modulation; phase
modulation; noise figure; nonlinear effects; and coherent
- Modulation & Error Correction Encoding. PPM; OOK and binary
codes; and forward error correction.
- Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing. Requirements;
acquisition scenarios; acquisition; point-ahead angles,
pointing error budget; host platform vibration environment;
inertial stabilization: trackers; passive/active isolation;
gimbaled transceiver; and fast steering mirrors.
- Opto-Mechanical Assembly.Transmit telescope; receive telescope; shared transmit/receive telescope; thermo-Optical- Mechanical stability.
- Atmospheric Effects. Attenuation, beam wander;
turbulence/scintillation; signal fades; beam spread; turbid;
and mitigation techniques.
- Detectors and Detections. Discussion of available photo-detectors noise figure;
amplification; background radiation/ filtering; and mitigation
techniques. Poisson photon counting; channel
capacity; modulation schemes; detection statistics; and
SNR / Bit error probability. Advantages / complexities of coherent detection;
optical mixing; SNR, heterodyne and homodyne; laser
- Crosslinks and Networking. LEO-GEO & GEO-GEO;
orbital clusters; and future/advanced.
- Flight Qualification. Radiation environment;
environmental testing; and test procedure.
- Eye Safety. Regulations; classifications; wavelength
dependence, and CDRH notices.
- Cost Estimation. Methodology, models; and examples.
- Terrestrial Optical Communications. Communications systems developed for terrestrial links.
Tuition for this three-day course is $1890 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.