Reflex Photonics wants to “bring space a little closer” by offering low-cost optical transceivers and optical infrastructure that will support the deployment of the Internet of Space and enable the next generation of space exploration.
(PRWEB) March 29, 2018
Reflex Photonics’ radiation hardened or “Space-grade” LightSPACE transceivers are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad as per the European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS-Q-ST-60-15C. In addition to the LightABLE rugged transceivers standard qualifications (vibration, mechanical and thermal shock, thermal cycling, and cold storage according to MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-810), the LightSPACE were successfully qualified with the following protocols:
- Proton testing: Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID)
- Heavy ion testing: Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE and SEL)
- Gamma ray using Cobalt-60: Total Ionizing Dose (TID) (MIL-STD-883G, method 1019.7)
The space community is slowly evolving from an era of mega-projects and unlimited budgets to a dynamic commercial industry that can support multiple business.
One such endeavor envisions complex satellite networks to deliver global Internet access. This project is made possible by more reliable, lower-consumption, smaller and more powerful computer and high-speed optical communication systems.
With the cost of sending even just 1 kg into space at over $50 k, the advantages of using the Reflex Photonics’ line of small, lightweight, high-density LightSPACE parallel optical transceiver modules inside these satellites are quite obvious. The LightSPACE modules offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 150 Gbps) they are less than 3 cm2 and weigh less than 15 g.
Come see demos of the space grade radiation-hardened LightSPACE transceiver at Space Tech Expo-USA in Pasadena, CA, USA from May 22nd to 24th (booth 6028).