Analysis of performance and robustness against jitter of various search methods for acquiring optical links in space
We discuss various methods for acquiring optical links in space using a dedicated acquisition sensor. Statistical models are developed and simple analytical equations derived that compare the performance between a single and dual spiral scan approach as well as between sequential and parallel acquisition of link chains. Simple derived analytical equations allow relating essential search parameters such as track width, variance of the uncertainty distribution, capture radius and scan speed to the probabilities of acquiring the links within a specific time. We also assess the probability of failing to acquire a link due to beam jitter and derive a simple analytical model that allows determining the maximum tolerable jitter for a given beam overlap and required probability of success. All results are validated by Monte Carlo simulations and applied to the concrete example of the GRACE FO mission.
- Pub Date:
- May 2021
- Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors;
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics;
- Mathematical Physics
- 11 pages, two column format, 9pt font