Free Space Optical Communication
IJK Controls has supported a number of laser communication research and development programs. Free space optical communication requires precision tracking to overcome atmospheric disturbances and robust pointing and acquisition to establish laser links in a variety of conditions. We have enabled success on DARPA, NASA, Air Force and Navy lasercom research programs and also provide hardware and software controls solutions to companies leading in the field. IJK Controls provided the pointing, acquisition, tracking (PAT) expertise and real-time software, verified through extensive simulation, for the DARPA FOENEX program which demonstrated 10 Gbps through air between aircraft in flight, more than 200 km apart. We provide the enabling control electronics and software for the first lasercom production program with the US Marine Corp. We offer a compact, affordable airborne tactical lasercom terminal.