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Optical Switches with no moving parts for space applications

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OPTICAL SWITCHES WITH NO MOVING PARTS FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS .

The objective of this activity is to examine the suitability of solid state fiber optic switches to meet future space applications and define a complete technology development and space qualification roadmap for the most suitable solid state optical switch technology for future satellite payloads. The use of solid state switching greatly improves the reliability of optical switch technology when compared with the use of bulky mechanical switching systems. In addition to this benefit solid state switching can provide faster switching speeds which is required in SpaceFiber and in some optical switching applications.

The poster was presented at the 8th International SpaceWire Conference.

ISC2018 aims to bring together product designers, hardware engineers, software engineers, system developers and mission specialists interested in and working with SpaceWire and SpaceFibre to share their latest ideas and developments.