Plan for On-Orbit Demonstration of the Deployable Optical Receiver Array

Daniel Jacobs, Judd Bowman, Michelle Patterson, Michael Horn, Christopher McCormick, Matthew Adkins

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The Deployable Optical Receiver Aperture (DORA) mission will demonstrate a novel infrared laser communication terminal for small satellites. The terminal uses a widefield receiver to reduce pointing requirements. We report the development of a low-cost 3U cubesat that will test the terminal in low-Earth orbit, and the planned concept of operations for the testing. The satellite design addresses the payload pointing requirement of 5° and power draw of up to 8 W with a combination of commercial and open source subsystems. On-orbit testing will be conducted between the cubesat terminal and a specially-designed ground terminal derived from the flight system. Development of the DORA cubesat and terminal are supported by NASA's Space Technology Program (STP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2022
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781665437608
StatePublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2022 -
Duration: Jan 1 2022 → …

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings


Conference2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2022
Period1/1/22 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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