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Space Photonics Opportunities Abound as NASA Renews Moon and Planetary Exploration

  • ID: 4894597
  • Report
  • December 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 14 pages
  • BCC Research
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Report Includes:
  • An overview of space photonics opportunities at NASA for revitalizing Moon, Mars and other planetary exploration initiatives
  • Coverage of pre-Artemis Moon scientific missions and photonics
  • Comparative study on space-made vs. earth-made optical fibres
  • Knowledge about Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE).
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1. Space Photonics: Abstract
  • Spectrometers
  • NIRVSS Program Deploys Spectrometers in Water Hunt
  • LIDAR/Laser Altimetry
  • Conclusion
  • Analyst's Credentials
  • Related Reports
List of Tables
Table 1: Pre-Artemis Moon Scientific Missions and Photonics Use
Table 2: Factors to Consider When Approaching a NASA Program Manager
Table 3: NIRVSS Payload Requirements
Table 4: Types of LIDAR NASA Uses
Table 5: FOSS Portfolio Benefits

List of Figures
Figure 1: High Actuator Count Deformable Mirror
Figure 2: Earth-Space Vehicle Deep Space Optical Communications
Figure 3: Space-Made vs. Earth-Made Optical Fibers
Figure 4: Optical Fiber with Solar Conversion Media
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The recent ramp-up by NASA as it revitalizes its commitment to the Moon, Mars and other planetary exploration initiatives is providing new opportunities for companies involved in optics and photonics. Astronomy and optics go all the way back to Galileo’s telescope, and instruments including the spectrometer date back to the first days of the NASA space program. The potential “spin-off” effects of these activities are the stuff of marketing dreams. Who among us is not delighted by the transition from room-sized valve driven mainframe computers to semiconductors? Or memory foam mattresses, infrared thermometers, freeze dried ice cream, solar cells, Bowflex exercising and water filtration recycling systems? In optics, the tracking system for LASIK eye surgery owes a debt to velocity and range imaging LADAR first used for docking spacecraft.

Unlike the outcomes of the programs leading to the first Moon mission, Mercury-Gemini-Apollo, the program here is far longer lasting and the scope is far greater. NASA’s intent is not just to land on the Moon, but to develop the Moon as a launching pad where water and rocket fuel - among other things - can be mined indigenously, and space exploration to Mars and beyond can occur.
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