Joseph  Figura

Joseph Figura

Scholar Title

MIT AeroAstro Lincoln Labs Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Development of LED Beacon For Lasercom Ground Station Localization




Aeronautics and Astronautics

Research Areas
  • Devices

Kerri Cahoy


Cubesat Lasercom System
An LED beacon for ground station geolocation for a nano satellite laser communication system will be designed constructed and evaluation. Laser communication requires a beacon for ground station localization. LED beacons have the potential to be cheaper and easier to implement with existing satellites than existing beacons. A model of the beacon system will be developed and used to predict array size. A modular array of LEDs will be built to demonstrate this method. The array will use parabolic mirrors to focus a beam of light for detection by a satellite mounted camera. The performance of the system will be assessed by observation by a quadcopter and satellite data and by power and thermal metrics.


In my senior year I would like to put substantial effort into a project I can be proud of. My SuperUROP will give me experience with space communications system a field that is one of my top choices for future work.

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