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NEAR laser rangefinder light-weight packaging design
Author(s): Binh Q. Le; Timothy D. Cole; Daniel E. Rodriguez; R. Alan Reiter; Robert C. Moore; Mark T. Boies; Edward D. Schaefer; Lee Stillman; Stephen Krein
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Paper Abstract

The NEAR laser range finder (NLR) design is a compact, light weight design with a high power laser transmitter and a high performance mirror receiver system. One of the main objectives of the NLR is to provide the in-situ distance measurement from the spacecraft to a near earth asteroid. An on board computer will compile this information to provide necessary navigation requirements for the NEAR satellite. Due to the weight budget constraint, the maximum weight limitation of the NLR has been a critical issue from the beginning of the program. To achieve this goal and meet the system design objectives, innovative designs have been implemented in the development of light weight optical, mechanism, and electronic packaging hardware. This paper provides details of the NLR electronic packaging design, thermal and structural designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2811, Photonics for Space Environments IV, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.254038
Show Author Affiliations
Binh Q. Le, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Timothy D. Cole, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Daniel E. Rodriguez, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
R. Alan Reiter, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Robert C. Moore, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Mark T. Boies, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Edward D. Schaefer, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Lee Stillman, AEROCON, Inc. (United States)
Stephen Krein, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2811:
Photonics for Space Environments IV
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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