Optical communications from small satellites
An optical system for receiving observation data from small Earth observation satellites is to be designed, build and tested.
FFI is starting up an international collaboration on optical satellite communications. Equipment for an earth station able to receive optical communication signals transmitted from small low earth orbiting satellites will be integrated and tested. One of the main challenges is to point the receiving optical telescope correctly towards the satellite during a pass and to handle signal quality variations due to turbulence, clouds and noise. This master project shall study the overall system aspects, develop requirements and identify feasible technical solutions. The performance of the equipment will be tested and compared with theory. The work will be carried out in collaboration with researcher at FFI.