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The optical fiber array bundle assemblies for the NASA lunar reconnaissance orbiter; evaluation lessons learned for flight implementation from the NASA electronic parts and packaging program
Author(s): Melanie N. Ott; Robert Switzer; Richard Chuska; Frank LaRocca; William Joe Thomes; Lance W. Day; Shawn MacMurphy

Paper Abstract

The United States, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Fiber Optics Team in the Electrical Engineering Division of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, designed, developed and integrated the space flight optical fiber array hardware assemblies for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The two new assemblies that were designed and manufacturing at NASA GSFC for the LRO exist in configurations that are unique in the world for the application of ranging and lidar. These assemblies were developed in coordination with Diamond Switzerland, and the NASA GSFC Mechanical Systems Division.

The assemblies represent a strategic enhancement for NASA’s Laser Ranging and Laser Radar (LIDAR) instrument hardware by allowing light to be moved to alternative locations that were not feasible in past space flight implementations. An account will be described of the journey and the lessons learned from design to integration for the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter and the Laser Ranging Application on the LRO. The LRO is scheduled to launch end of 2008.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 1056618 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308221
Show Author Affiliations
Melanie N. Ott, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert Switzer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard Chuska, MEI Technologies (United States)
Frank LaRocca, MEI Technologies (United States)
William Joe Thomes, MEI Technologies (United States)
Lance W. Day, MEI Technologies (United States)
Shawn MacMurphy, MEI Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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