Project Leader: Dr Sascha Schediwy UWA
Participants: University of Western Australia, Defence Science and Technology Group, University of South Australia; Thales Group, Thales Alenia Space.
The project proposes to demonstrate a system that will enable optical
fibre-like data transfer rates for atmospheric free-space
communication links, including over 10 km+ ground-to-ground links, as
well as space-to-space links. We believe this can be achieved through
the construction of an active optics-assisted, coherently
phase-stabilised, optical communication system; the detailed design
of which is informed by detailed computational and analytic physical
models of atmospheric optical propagation. The proposed activities
include experimental and theoretical investigations of the optical
physical layer; the exploration of two data communications
applications; and deployments of the system using vertical links.