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MOEMS for space application: the European Space Agency strategy for photonics components
Author(s): Stephan Hernandez; Mustapha Zahir; Fabien Filhol; Laurent Marchand
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Paper Abstract

Miniaturisation of scientific instrumentation for space applications leads to better use of the available resources (e.g. volume, mass and power) which can create the potential to integrate more complex functionality. MEMS and in particular MOEMS devices have already a wide range of applications in terrestrial industries (beamers, telecom switching, etc). MOEMS are, of course, very promising for future space applications because of their potential to reduce mass, size and consequently launch costs. However, ESA interest in MOEMS is above all generated by their mission enabling capabilities such as for example MEMS shutters or micro-mirrors for MOS (Multi-Object Spectrometers). The primary objective of this paper is to demonstrate the potential of Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS), and to illustrate the available European sources of MOEMS components for applications in space. The paper will also give a general overview of the ESA strategy for Photonics components with space applications in mind. This strategy is documented in the Photonics dossier currently being drafted to capture future technology needs related to European space activities for the forthcoming 5 years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7594, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems IX, 75940S (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.855592
Show Author Affiliations
Stephan Hernandez, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Mustapha Zahir, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Fabien Filhol, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Laurent Marchand, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7594:
MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems IX
Harald Schenk; Wibool Piyawattanametha, Editor(s)

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