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Clementine: diode-pumped laser qualification
Author(s): Mark E. Kushina; Michael G. Grote; Charles E. Wiswall; Dave A. Hall; Joe B. Russek
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the design and testing of the lasers built for the Clementine Laser Rangefinder that was used to map the lunar topology. a baseline Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP) was run once and the flight laser was built. Then the Laser Resonator Assembly (LRA) and the Laser Power Supply (LPS) were subjected to vibration and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing as well as a 50 hour Thermal Vacuum test (T- VAC). Laser energy and boresight stability was checked after each vibration axis and after EMC testing. A complete ATP was run again after all environmental tests were completed, results were compared to baseline.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1995
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2379, Solid State Lasers and Nonlinear Crystals, (10 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206462
Show Author Affiliations
Mark E. Kushina, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Michael G. Grote, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Charles E. Wiswall, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Dave A. Hall, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Joe B. Russek, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2379:
Solid State Lasers and Nonlinear Crystals
Gregory J. Quarles; Leon Esterowitz; Lap Kin Cheng, Editor(s)

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