Laser Downlink plus Star Tracker

Overview

The satellite downlink incorporates a star tracker for guidance, which can also be used as a general ADCS sensor for the spacecraft. It has a data rate of 1 Gbps at 1000 km slant range.


The ground station is a 22" Newtonian telescope, incorporating coarse and fine star guidance cameras.


For safety and regulatory simplicity there is no uplink or beacon laser in the ground segment.

Specifications

Component Type
Optical Comm
Form Factor
SmallSat
Dry Mass
0.335 kg
Average Power
10.0 W
Heritage
N/A
Status
In Production