Reflex Photonic's Space Grade LightSPACE Optical Transceivers are Radiation Hardened, Small, Lightweight, and Low Cost

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LightSPACE transceivers are engineered to offer a low cost, space grade, powerful communication system. The transceivers withstand high radiation doses >100 krad and have qualified with protocols for proton testing (TNID), heavy ion testing (SEE and SEL), and gamma ray using Cobalt-60 (TID). The LightSPACE modules offer high aggregate data rates (over 150 Gbps), are less than 3 cm2, and weigh less than 15 g.


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Reflex Photonics Space Grade, radiation–hardened LightSPACE Optical Transceivers Ushers a new era of Global Communication

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).

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