Reflex Photonics expands range of space-qualified products used in LEO constellations and GEO high-throughput communication satellites.

The SpaceABLE SL embedded optical modules are rugged devices offering high bandwidth (greater than 150 Gbps) in a chip-size package.

Reflex Photonics is proud to launch new space-qualified products for board-to-board and payload-to-payload multigigabit connectivity. The SpaceABLE™ fiber optics transceivers have been thoroughly tested through a new Space Qualification Program to confirm their radiation resistance level and space readiness.

Reflex Photonics is completing the space qualification of its SpaceABLE SL, LGA 4TRX, 12TX and 12RX modules. Those modules were successfully tested for Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE), Total non-ionizing dose (TNID), temperature cycling, and thermal vacuum (TVAC).

The Space Qualification Program consists of a comprehensive series of tests to ensure the space resistance of each product variation covering any satellite application from geostationary to low-earth orbit.

The SpaceABLE SL embedded optical modules are rugged devices offering high bandwidth (greater than 150 Gbps) in a chip-size package.

The Space Qualification Program is conducted by fully-qualified affiliated laboratories and includes the following European Space Component Coordination (ESCC) and European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) standard tests:

  • Heavy ion beams testing.
  • Total ionizing and non-ionizing dose effect evaluation.
  • Outgassing evaluation.
  • Decompression test.
  • Vibration test.
  • Thermal vacuum and temperature cycling (1000 cycles).

Reflex Photonics’ SpaceABLE line offers bandwidth of up to 28 Gbps per lane and integrate up to 24 lanes.

Reflex Photonics’ Space Industry Manager, Guillaume Blanchette comments:

The Space Qualification Program offered by Reflex Photonics is unique. This program shows our level of commitment and expertise in qualifying high-performance optical transceivers for space applications. Reflex Photonics is eager to share the experience we gathered in the last years with the design of relevant test protocols for radiation-resistant optics with future clients and partners.