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Eagleyard to Deliver Laser Diodes for MERLIN Satellite Mission

Photonics.com
Jun 2017
BERLIN, June 29, 2017 — Laser diode developer Eagleyard Photonics GmbH has been assigned by SpaceTech to deliver space-qualified distributed feedback (DFB) seed laser diodes for a Franco-German small satellite mission.

The Methane Remote Sensing Lidar Mission (MERLIN) is scheduled to launch in 2021 for the measurement of methane gas concentration. Eagleyard Photonics is set to deliver the DFB seed laser diodes at 1064 and 1645nm for the whole program — as well as for the corresponding qualification campaign, including the second generation of engineering models in 2017, the qualification models and the flight models in 2018. SpaceTech is the responsible contractor for the frequency reference-unit of the lidar instrument of the entire mission program.

MERLIN is a joint miniature satellite climate mission by the German Space Administration and French Space Agency. The primary objective is to obtain spatial and temporal gradients of atmospheric methane columns with high precision and unprecedented accuracy on a global scale.

Eagleyard Photonics is a provider of high-power laser diodes in wavelengths ranging from 630 to 1120 nm.

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