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Mass-reduction of high-speed spacecraft datalinks enabled by rugged photonic transceivers
Author(s): R. T. Logan Jr.; Davinder Basuita

Paper Abstract

In this paper, we first review the advantages in mass, loss and bandwidth of fiber optic links compared to coax for the fiber-optic physical layer of high-speed digital datalinks on spacecraft. We then report the results of ongoing development of commercial-off-the-shelf photonic transceiver components designed to meet spacecraft physical layer fiber optic datalink requirements. Results are presented detailing the performance and reliability of photonic transceiver modules, as well as radiation exposure tests (gamma, neutrons, protons and heavy ions) for these modules. The results show that these modules meet or exceed many of the requirements of spacecraft applications, and indeed they are being considered for or deployed on various spaceflight applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111804D (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536076
Show Author Affiliations
R. T. Logan Jr., Glenair Inc. (United States)
Davinder Basuita, Glenair UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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