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Laser Communication as a Secure, High-Bandwidth Airborne Communication Link
Lester Begg and David Robie; General Atomics

As airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads become more capable and operating environments become more contested, assured ISR backhaul from airborne nodes will become challenged. Lasercomm provides a solution to these challenges. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is developing an airborne laser communication terminal, capable of bi-directional, secure communications to/from an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A description of the world-wide lasercomm geo-synchronous satellite (GEOSAT) constellation, being deployed by Airbus Defence and Space, is presented. This paper describes how ISR data collected by multiple UAVs can be transmitted to an overhead GEOSAT(s), and relayed to anywhere in the world with minimal latency. An outline of the stepping-stone, build, and test progression of the GA-ASI Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCOS) demonstration program is provided.
KEYWORDS: Laser communication, Anti-jam, Low probability of detection, Low probability of intercept, Data rates, GEOCOM

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