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Designing optical processors for space
Author(s): Keith R. Frampton; Michele W. Rubin
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Paper Abstract

Transitioning optical processors from the laboratory to rugged environments requires special care during the design of the optical and mechanical components as well as the total package configuration. Processors exist today that were developed to operate in various rugged environments while maintaining performance specifications. Designing optical processors for space environments requires additional consideration of features such as radiation, launch vibration, thermal cycling, heat dissipation, self calibration, and autonomous operation. This paper presents the design of processors which operate in rugged environments, and the rules that must be adapted/extended space operation. Specific experience and general conditions are presented on existing processors and those under development. The status of radiation hardened components is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2482, Photonics for Space Environments III, (30 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210523
Show Author Affiliations
Keith R. Frampton, Essex Corp. (United States)
Michele W. Rubin, Essex Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2482:
Photonics for Space Environments III
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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