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TSAT Laser System Scores

By | March 26, 2007

      The Transformational Satellite (TSAT) laser communications system proved it can deliver high-powered operations at three data rates during recent Air Force tests, The Boeing Co. [BA] announced.

      Tests validated system performance to, and interoperability with, government laser communications standards.

      Tests were conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass., verifying traceability of results achieved during a February 2006 demonstration.

      Technicians evaluated capabilities and performance of the upgraded telescope, new optical high-powered amplifier and additional data rate.

      Additional Boeing-funded demonstrations and environmental testing of the components in the near future will support the requirement for laser communications maturity prior to the upcoming Space Segment Design Review.

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