Reflex Photonics will proudly display its radiation-resistant SpaceABLE28™ optical transceivers and SpaceCONEX28™ active optical blind mate interconnects for VPX systems at the upcoming Space Tech Expo USA 2019.
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. The SpaceABLE were successfully qualified with the following protocols:
- Heavy ion: Single Event Effect & Latch-up (SEE).
- Cobalt 60 gamma ray (Total Ionizing Dose (TID)) according to MIL-STD-883G, method 1019.7.
- High and low energy protons (Total Non-Ionizing Dose (TNID)).
- Vibration, mechanical and thermal shock, thermal cycling, and cold storage according to MIL-STD-883 and MIL-STD-810.
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 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 SpaceABLE28 modules offer extremely high aggregate data rates (over 100 Gbps, full duplex), and still, they are less than 1.5 cm3, weigh less than 5 g and consume less than 1.5 W.
Guillaume Blanchette, Space Industry Manager 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.
Scientific presentation at Space Tech 2019
Reflex Photonics will also give a presentation entitled Demonstrating COTS Optical Fiber Transceivers for Intra-Satellite High-Speed Communications at Space Tech Expo USA. That presentation will demonstrate why parallel fiber optics transceivers are the best components to support intra-satellite communications for large data-transfer applications.