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Space Laser Communications

We engineer your most complex optical assemblies for maximum performance and manufacturability enabling you to reduce production costs and go to market faster

Whether you are working with intra-satellite links, ground to space transmissions, or using satellites for environmental sensing, we understand the challenges of beam quality maintenance and managing tracking issues across hundreds of miles.  

We will collaborate with you to design, develop, and fabricate demanding, spectrally complex space ready optical components and assemblies that will meet your system’s critical performance requirements. 

Our fabrication, coating, and bonding capabilities are all spaceflight qualified for durability through the entire launch process. We help you meet all key performance specifications such as no outgassing in ultra-high vacuum, radiation hardness, and reliable on orbit operation for 10 years or more. 

Our specialized capability starts with our precision fabrication technologies, including super-polishing processes to create ultra-smooth surfaces with no defects, minimizing wavefront distortions and enabling excellent beam quality. These substrates have the optimal surface quality for applying Ion-Beam Sputtering (IBS) coatings. Our propriety coating process controls deliver finished products with superior spectral performance, such as polarizers with increased fidelity, mirrors with 99.999% reflectivity, and optics with high Laser Damage Thresholds (LDT). 

Our polarizing coatings allow for 10x higher data fidelity essential for isolating send and receive channels with drastically different powers, all while maintaining interferometer-quality wavefront specifications so that a µW- scale signal can be read over a W-class background.  Our highly reflective coatings also optimize power and eliminate internal heat caused by stray light. 

We back up our high-performance optics with proven results. We invest in a full capacity metrology department, including microscopy, spectral metrology, surface  interferometry, absorption, laser damage, and cavity ringdown measurements. Before your optics are integrated, we test to ensure they meet or exceed designed specifications. With our trusted optics in your system, you can quickly localize and troubleshoot issues to obtain system-wide peak performance. Learn more about our space qualified optics.

Focused on the Future

We can support your company’s growth, project expansions, and application design modifications to meet the everchanging needs of this industry. We are backed by IDEX Corporation’s 50 plus years of optical experience and expertise.  We believe in reinvesting in our people and our capabilities for our continued growth to solve the most challenging problems faster for our customers.