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Qualification of the laser transmitter for the CALIPSO aerosol lidar mission
Author(s): Floyd E. Hovis
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Paper Abstract

Space-based missions impose a unique set of requirements on laser designs. The development of the CALIPSO Laser Transmitter Subsystem (LTS) began with a successful lifetime test using the Risk Reduction Laser (RRL), followed with an intensive design validation phase using prototype flight hardware, and completed with formal qualification of the flight hardware. We will describe this process in more detail and review the issues encountered and lessons learned. From this experience we developed a set of guidelines for designing and building future space-based lasers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6100, Solid State Lasers XV: Technology and Devices, 61001X (28 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.659748
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Floyd E. Hovis, Fibertek, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6100:
Solid State Lasers XV: Technology and Devices
Hanna J. Hoffman; Ramesh K. Shori, Editor(s)

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