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Reflex Photonics to demo its new radiation–resistant SpaceABLE optical transceivers at Space Tech Expo USA 2018

Reflex Photonics will proudly display and demo its new radiation-resistant SpaceABLE optical transceiver and SpaceCONEX active optical blind mate interconnect for VPX systems at the upcoming Space Tech Expo USA 2018.
The SpaceABLE optical transceivers and SpaceCONEX VPX interconnect have been submitted to the most stringent protocol for heavy-ions, gamma rays, and high and low energy protons to ensure space worthiness of these COTS components.

Reflex Photonics’ radiation resistant or “Space-grade” transceivers and interconnects solutions are engineered to withstand radiation doses >100 krad (Si) 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 SpaceABLE 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 SpaceCONEX is a revolutionary radiation-resistant active optical blind mate interconnect for VPX embedded computing systems; it consists of a plug-in module connector and a backplane connector meeting the requirements of the forthcoming VITA 66.5 standard.

The commercial space industry is slowly emerging from an era of mega-projects and almost unlimited budgets to a become a dynamic industry supporting multiple commercial projects. One such endeavor envisions the deployment of 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.

The epitomy of SWaP

The advantages of using Reflex Photonics’ line of small, lightweight, high-bandwidth SpaceABLE parallel optical transceiver modules and interconnects inside these satellites are quite obvious: the SpaceABLE modules offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 150 Gbps), and still, they are less than 1.5 cm3, weigh less than 5 g and consume less than 1.2 W.

Guillaume Blanchette, PM at Reflex Photonics adds:

Reflex Photonics wants to “bring space a little closer” by offering COTS optical transceivers and optical infrastructure that will support the deployment of the Internet of Space and enable the next generation of space exploration.

Come see demos of the space grade radiation-resistantSpaceABLE transceivers and SpaceCONEX active VPX interconnects at Space Tech Expo-USA in Pasadena, CA, USA from May 22ndto 24th(booth 6028).

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