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Photonic packaging for space applications
Author(s): James Patrick Parkerson; Charles H. Chalfant; Fred J. Orlando; Tony Hull
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Paper Abstract

Industrial, NASA, and DOD spacecraft designers have recognized the advantages of using fiber optic components and networks for their internal satellite data handling needs. Among the benefits are the total elimination of cable-to-cable and box-to-box EMI; significant size, weight and power reduction; greater on-orbit flexibility, simplified integration and test (I&T), and significantly lower I&T costs. Additionally, intra-satellite data rates of 1 to 10 Gbps appear to be an absolute requirement for a number of advanced systems planned for development in the next few years. The only practical way to support these data rates is with fiber optics. Space Photonics and the University of Arkansas have developed fiber optic components (FireFiberTM) and networks that are designed specifically to meet these on-board, high data rate needs using NASA approved materials, packaging processes, and approved radiation tolerant devices. This paper discusses issues relevant to these components and networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4732, Photonic and Quantum Technologies for Aerospace Applications IV, (1 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.477418
Show Author Affiliations
James Patrick Parkerson, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Charles H. Chalfant, Space Photonics Inc. (United States)
Fred J. Orlando, Space Photonics Inc. (United States)
Tony Hull, Space Photonics Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4732:
Photonic and Quantum Technologies for Aerospace Applications IV
Eric Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Eric Donkor; Michael J. Hayduk; Andrew R. Pirich; Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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