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1 Author(s)
Chan, V.W.S. ; Lab. for Inf. & Decision Syst., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA

With high-speed space optical crosslink being a reality, the construction of an optical satellite network as part of a larger integrated space-terrestrial network is now feasible. This paper explores the architecture implications of the invention of such a radical technology building block. Not only can the satellite network performance and cost undergo quantum-leap improvements but also such a network can have profound transforming effects on space system architectures and data network user applications.

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 11 )