The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration
With Bryan Robinson
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Faculty Host: Jonathan Klamkin
Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.
In the fall of 2013, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) achieved lunar orbit, carrying the space terminal of NASA's Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration (LLCD.) Within weeks, the space terminal and several ground terminals had successfully demonstrated two-way lasercom, the first ever from the moon, with downlink rates up to 622 Mbps and uplink rates up to 20 Mbps. In this talk, we will give an overview of the project, describe the operations, and show representative performance outcomes.
About the Speaker: Bryan S. Robinson received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 2003 for research in the area of semiconductor-based all-optical switching. He is currently an Assistant Group Leader in the Optical Communications Technology Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. His research interests include free-space optical communications, ultrafast photonic packet switching for all-optical networks, applications of integrated photonics, and high-sensitivity optical receivers. He is the Lead Systems Engineer and Architect for the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration.