Space Photonics Opportunities Abound as NASA Renews Moon and Planetary Exploration
The recent ramp-up by NASA as it revitalizes its commitment to the Moon, Mars and other planetary exploration is providing new opportunities for companies involved in optics and photonics. This report examines the new technical challenges in space photonics and optics, and the spillover to manufactured products, which is both exciting and well recognized.
- 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).
The author, C. David Chaffee, has been a writer and analyst in the photonics industry for 31 years. He has written innumerable articles on photonics, markets for photonics, and the technologies they deploy.
Mr. Chaffee has written two books on fiber optics: The Rewiring of America: The Fiber Optics Revolution (Academic Press) and Building the Global Fiber Optic Superhighway (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich).
He wrote the first newsletter in fiber optics entitled Fiber Optics News, as well as more than 25 market research reports in the photonics area for companies including CIR Research, Laurin Publishing, Phillips Publishing and Chaffee Fiber Optics.
Companies he has worked for include Brimrose Corporation, LightCounting, OSA (the Optical Society) and Photonics Spectra Magazine.
He also formerly worked at Ciena Corporation, a photonics and high tech company, as Corporate Editor, responsible for all written communication coming from the company.
He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.