Fiber Laser Component Testing for Space Qualification Protocol Development (Postprint)
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP ALBUQUERQUE NM
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A test protocol for the space qualifying of Ytterbium Yb-doped diode-pumped fiber laser DPFL components was developed as a deliverable on the Bright Light program. A literature search was performed and summarized in a conference paper that formed the building blocks for the development of the test protocol. The test protocol was developed from the experience of the Bright Light team, the information in the literature search, and the results of a study of the Telcordia standards. Based on this protocol developed, test procedures and acceptance criteria for a series of vibration, thermal vacuum, and radiation exposure tests were developed for selected components. Northrop Grumman in Albuquerque led the effort in vibration and thermal no vacuum testing of these components at the Aerospace Engineering Facility AEF on Kirtland Air Force Base KAFB, NM. The results of these tests have been evaluated. Aerospace Corporation led the effort in destructive physical analysis and radiation testing of these components at their facility in El Segundo, CA. This paper discusses the vibration and thermal testing that was executed to validate the test protocol. The lessons learned will aid in future assessments and definition of space qualification protocols.
- Lasers and Masers
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Unmanned Spacecraft