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Toward a wireless optical communication link between two small unmanned aerial vehicles

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7 Author(s)
M. Last ; Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; B. S. Leibowitz ; B. Cagdaser ; A. Jog
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A communication system between two autonomous micro air vehicles is proposed. Laser communication offers advantages in range, power, and bandwidth when line of sight is available. Beamsteering is accomplished using gyro-stabilized MEMS micromirrors. A custom CMOS smart-pixel imager implements a 1 Mbps receiver, including analog front-end and variable-gain amplifier at each pixel. Algorithms are presented for initial link establishment and maintenance.

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Circuits and Systems, 2003. ISCAS '03. Proceedings of the 2003 International Symposium on  (Volume:3 )

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25-28 May 2003