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System engineering of photonic systems for space application
Author(s): Michael D. Watson; Jonathan E. Pryor
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Paper Abstract

The application of photonics in space systems requires tight integration with the spacecraft systems to ensure accurate operation. This requires some detailed and specific system engineering to properly incorporate the photonics into the spacecraft architecture and to guide the spacecraft architecture in supporting the photonics devices. Recent research in product focused, elegant system engineering has led to a system approach which provides a robust approach to this integration. Focusing on the mission application and the integration of the spacecraft system physics incorporation of the photonics can be efficiently and effectively accomplished. This requires a clear understanding of the driving physics properties of the photonics device to ensure proper integration with no unintended consequences. The driving physics considerations in terms of optical performance will be identified for their use in system integration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9226, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VIII, 92260A (17 September 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062921
Show Author Affiliations
Michael D. Watson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jonathan E. Pryor, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9226:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VIII
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona, Editor(s)

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