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Space qualified laser transmitter for NASA's ICESat-2 mission
Author(s): Nicholas W. Sawruk; Mark A. Stephen; Slava Litvinovitch; Joel E. Edelman; Michael M. Albert; Ryan E. Edwards; Charles F. Culpepper; William J. Rudd; Elias Fakhoury; Floyd E. Hovis
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Paper Abstract

Fibertek has developed an environmentally hardened Technology Readiness Level-6 laser transmitter system for the NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2). The laser transmitter generates over 9 W of 532 nm output with a pulse repetition rate of 10kHz and a FWHM pulse width of < 1.5 ns with an expected lifetime of > 1 trillion shots. This paper presents the results of the Structural, Thermal and Optical analysis, details on the NASA General Environmental Verification Specification testing requirements, and the success of the laser transmitter performance through vibration and thermal vacuum testing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8599, Solid State Lasers XXII: Technology and Devices, 85990O (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005590
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas W. Sawruk, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Mark A. Stephen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Slava Litvinovitch, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Joel E. Edelman, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Michael M. Albert, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Ryan E. Edwards, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Charles F. Culpepper, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
William J. Rudd, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Elias Fakhoury, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)
Floyd E. Hovis, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8599:
Solid State Lasers XXII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Ramesh Shori, Editor(s)

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