ESCC Standards, Evaluation and Qualification of Optical Fibre Connectors for Space Application
Optical fibre connectors have been used for the past fifteen years in space application. Reviewing the heritage from past and current missions, the status of ESCC standards for these components and assemblies will help future use of fibre in space applications.
In the frame of the ESA ECI program, Diamond has evaluated and is currently qualifying the AVIM and Mini-AVIM connectors according to ESCC standards. The configuration retained to qualify the connector sets is using a polarisation-maintaining fibre at 1550nm with a loose tube in PEEK as cable structure.
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