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Extended testing of laser systems for space applications
Author(s): Antonios Seas; Anthony W. Yu; Anthony Melak; David Mostofi; Elisavet Troupaki; Aleksey Vasilyev; Heather Conley
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Paper Abstract

Over the last two decades NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has developed several laser systems for space application. The aging behavior of a laser system varies depending on the complexity of the system and the technologies used. One limitation of reliability models trying to predict system performance has been the lack of test data. Extended testing is an effective way to determine the reliability, and long term stability of laser systems. In this paper the results from extended testing of two laser system are presented. One system has been operating for over two and a half billion shots in air while the second system has accumulated half a billion shots while operating in a vacuum environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7578, Solid State Lasers XIX: Technology and Devices, 757806 (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842622
Show Author Affiliations
Antonios Seas, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony W. Yu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony Melak, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
David Mostofi, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Elisavet Troupaki, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Aleksey Vasilyev, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)
Heather Conley, Sigma Space Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7578:
Solid State Lasers XIX: Technology and Devices
W. Andrew Clarkson; Norman Hodgson; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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