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Space-flight LiDARs, navigation, and science instrument implementations: lasers, optoelectronics, integrated photonics, fiber optic subsystems, and components
Author(s): Melanie N. Ott; Cameron H. Parvini; Hali L. Jakeman; W. Joe Thomes; Eleanya E. Onuma
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Paper Abstract

For the past 25 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center’s Photonics Group in the Engineering Directorate has been substantially contributing to the flight design, development, production, testing and integration of many science and navigational instruments. The Moon to Mars initiative will rely heavily upon utilizing commercial technologies for instrumentation with aggressive schedule deadlines. The group has an extensive background in screening, qualifying, development and integration of commercial components for spaceflight applications. By remaining adaptable and employing a rigorous approach to component and instrument development, they have forged and fostered relationships with industry partners. They have been willing to communicate lessons learned in packaging, part construction, materials selection, testing, and other facets of the design and production process critical to implementation for high-reliability systems. As a result, this successful collaboration with industry vendors and component suppliers has enabled a history of mission success from the Moon to Mars (and beyond) while balancing cost, schedule, and risk postures. In cases where no commercial components exist, the group works closely with other teams at Goddard Space Flight Center and other NASA field centers to fabricate and produce flight hardware for science, remote sensing, and navigation applications. Summarized here is the last ten years of instrumentation development lessons learned and data collected from the subsystems down to the optoelectronic component level.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2020
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 11287, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VII, 112870I (2 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2547352
Show Author Affiliations
Melanie N. Ott, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Cameron H. Parvini, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Hali L. Jakeman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
W. Joe Thomes, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Eleanya E. Onuma, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11287:
Photonic Instrumentation Engineering VII
Yakov Soskind; Lynda E. Busse, Editor(s)

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