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An ultra-high bit-rate inter-satellite optical wireless communication (IsOWC) system is proposed in thisstudy. The system is designed and simulated up to the bit-rate of 400 Gbps. The proposed system is a non-diffused link or line-of-sight setup, which uses coherent optical quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) modulation technique. The performance of the system is analysed in terms of Q-factor, bit-error rate, eye opening and so on. The coverage distance observed with an input power level of 30 dBm for a bit-rate of 400, 160 and 100 Gbps are 4767, 7542 and 9532 km, respectively. Finally, the maximum bit-rate that can be communicated, for inter-satellite link at different orbits such as low-Earth orbit, medium-Earth orbit and geostationary Earth orbit are presented. To the best of the authors knowledge for the first time they have proposed a novel QPSK modulation technique for the design of IsOWC system for achieving higher coverage distance and data rate, which was not been addressed in any current or earlier publications.
Date of Publication: November 6 2012