Qualifying Diode Lasers for Space

Andreas Thoss and Thomas Laurent

While requirements vary, testing programs for devices on ESA and NASA missions focus on standardized tests.

figureThe International Space Station (ISS) hosted a cloud-aerosol mapping mission that included space-qualified laser diodes from eagleyard Photonics. [NASA]

A technical device for a space mission must be small, energy-efficient and very reliable. If a mission requires a laser, then laser diodes, with a small footprint and high efficiency, could well provide an answer. But first, their reliability for space use needs to be proved.

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Publish Date: 01 May 2018

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