In space and avionics applications, failure is not an option. Components must stand extreme heat, cold, radiation, shock, and vibration, yet deliver reliable performance. In this article, we examine the reliability requirements of such devices and the steps involved in designing a test program to ensure reliability and performance.
More and more aerospace applications are incorporating fiber optics technology into their designs due to its many advantages over copper. The thinner fiber solutions provide higher speed over a longer distance, are more reliable, offer higher noise immunity and, in many cases, lower the cost of ownership.
Leveraging its expertise in embedded optical communication modules for defense and aerospace, Reflex Photonics is offering radiation-hardened optical transceivers aimed at the space market with the introduction of the LightSPACE™ and SpaceCONEX™ “radiation hardened” line of products.