The overall objectives of the OCTAL project can be stated as follows:
The PLT and the FT-ATS are key units for optical communications through the atmosphere which can be either the OCTAL UAV-GEO link scenario or the units can also be used as key components for e.g. LEO-Ground link scenarios. Both units are ready for further development to flight status. The detailed development roadmap has been elaborated.
Development of key technologies for optical links through the atmosphere.
Figure 1 is the block diagram for the OCU. The OCU comprises the optics, mechanisms and sensors needed to point, acquire and track a laser communications link between the UAV / aircraft and a partner GEO optical terminal.
Figure 1: Block Diagram for the UAV OCU
The OCTAL project is divided into two parts – Part I and Part II. Part I comprises three tasks, namely:
Part II comprises four tasks associated with the development and testing an engineering model for the OCU. The tasks are: