CubeSat Amateur Laser Communications

Block diagram of proposed Cubesat with laser communicator - Credit Oleg Nizhnik

Block diagram of proposed Cubesat with laser communicator – Credit Oleg Nizhnik

On November 19 Oleg Nizhnik gave a presentation on CubeSat amateur laser communication with Earth to Moon orbit data link capability.

In his paper Oleg says the available bands at 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz for amateur satellite communication are increasingly crowded. Higher frequency amateur bands meanwhile require uncommon microwave parts to implement transceivers, and working with 10 GHz or above require electric power typically not available in CubeSat. Therefore, to enable amateur Moon exploration, amateur laser communicator built of common, low-cost parts will help to extend amateur satellites operating range up to at least moon orbit.

The presentation was made in the 3rd Mission Idea Contest (MIC3) held during the 2nd UNISEC Global Meeting at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan, Nov. 19, 2014.

Watch MIC3 #7 – CubeSat amateur laser communication with Earth to Moon orbit data link capability

Presentation slides https://www.spacemic.net/pdf/mic3_finalist/P8)CubeSat%20amateur%20laser.pdf

Abstract https://www.spacemic.net/pdf/mic3_finalist/8)CubeSat%20amateur%20laser%20communicator%20with%20Earth%20to%20Moon%20orbit%20data%20link%20capability.pdf

The videos of other presentations given at MIC3 are at
https://www.youtube.com/user/UNISECmovie/videos

Slides and abstracts are at
https://www.spacemic.net/index.html#finalpresentations