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Characterizing high-power laser beams to detect the thermal load of optics and to identify limitations within the design of the optical system
Author(s): Harald Schwede; Otto Märten; Reinhard Kramer; Stefan Wolf; Volker Brandl; Klaus Hänsel
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Paper Abstract

The objective of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) is to study the performance of novel materials when subjected to the synergistic effects of the harsh space environment for several months. In this paper, a few laser and optical elements from NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) that have been flown on MISSE 6 mission will be discussed. These items were characterized and packed inside a ruggedized Passive Experiment Container (PEC) that resembles a suitcase. The PEC was tested for survivability due to launch conditions. Subsequently, the MISSE 6 PEC was transported by the STS-123 mission to International Space Station (ISS) on March 11, 2008. The astronauts successfully attached the PEC to external handrails and opened the PEC for long term exposure to the space environment. The plan is to retrieve the MISSE 6 PEC by STS-128 mission in August 2009.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7193, Solid State Lasers XVIII: Technology and Devices, 71930E (27 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.808951
Show Author Affiliations
Harald Schwede, PRIMES GmbH (Germany)
Otto Märten, PRIMES GmbH (Germany)
Reinhard Kramer, PRIMES GmbH (Germany)
Stefan Wolf, PRIMES GmbH (Germany)
Volker Brandl, PRIMES GmbH (Germany)
Klaus Hänsel, PRIMES GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7193:
Solid State Lasers XVIII: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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