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an overview of the gold experiment between the ets-6 satellite and the table mountain facilityThe Ground/Orbiter Lasercomm Demonstration is a demonstration of optical communications between the Japanese Engineering Test Satellite (ETS-VI) and an optical ground transmitting and receiving station at the Table Mountain Facility in Wrightwood, California. Laser transmissions to the satellite are performed for approximately 4 hours every third night when the satellite is at apogee above Table Mountain. The experiment requires the coordination of resources at the Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), JPL, the National Aeronautics and Space Development Agency (NASDA) Tsukuba tracking station, and NASA's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California, to generate and transmit real-time commands and receive telemetry from the ETS-VI. Transmissions to the ETS-VI began in November 1995 and are scheduled to last into the middle of January 1996, when the satellite is expected to be eclipsed by the Earth's shadow for a major part of its orbit. The eclipse is expected to last for about 2 months, and during this period there will be limited electrical power available on board the satellite. NASDA plans to restrict experiments with the ETS-VI during this period, and no laser transmissions are planned. Posteclipse experiments are currently being negotiated. GOLD is a joint NASA-CRL experiment that is being conducted by JPL in coordination with CRL and NASDA.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - Collected Works
Wilson, K. E.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Wrightwood, CA United States)
Date Acquired
August 18, 2013
Publication Date
February 15, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: The Telecommunications and Data Acquisition Report
Subject Category
Communications and Radar
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 314-30-12-00-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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