Laser Communications

Laser Communications

Coastal Connections has been supporting space-based fiber optics since 2003. Prior to this Andy Devine, its president and founder, spent 2 years qualifying a fiber optic connector to survive 10 years of thermal cycling in space. The lessons learned from this program are applied to every connector built. Coastal Connections Qualified FC connector was tested to survive in space reducing your risks. Coastal Connections is the world’s leading supplier of fiber end-caps for SM and PM fibers in ferrules and connectors.
Experience
  • Supported a program that successfully deployed a space-based laser communication system
  • Currently building assemblies for laser communication systems
  • Assemblers are NASA trained to NASA Standard 8739.5
  • Understands material and cleanliness required for vacuum environments

 

Qualified FC Connector
  • Assembly process and documentation complies with NASA standard 8739.5
  • Suitable for SM and PM fibers
  • Hytrel 8068 boots for low outgassing
  • Vibration: 46.3Grms
  • Shock: 500Gs
  • Temperature: -200 to 150°C (without boots)
  • Coastal Connections also builds vacuum feedthoughs for testing space systems on earth

 

Fiber End-Caps
  • Increased reliability by reducing the power density at the end of the fiber core
  • Compatible with SM and PM fibers
  • ≤1um fiber core eccentricity on 125um clad fibers
  • Can withstand 25,000 Watts/mm2 at the end-face
  • Up to 400um diameter end-caps
  • End-Caps are a standard production item for Coastal Connections
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