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20.06.2017

eagleyard CHARMS SMALL SATELLITE MERLIN

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Helping measuring methane gas concentration for a better understanding of climate change.

Berlin/Germany, 20th June 2017: eagleyard Photonics GmbH enables SpaceTech GmbH/Immenstaad to build the LIDAR Frequency Reference Unit for German-French small satellite mission MERLIN (Methane Remote Sensing LIDAR Mission).

With a scheduled launch for 2021, the German-French satellite mission is laid out to measure methane gas concentration by means of a LIDAR instrument (LIght Detection And Ranging) sending laser light pulses into the atmosphere and determining the gas concentration by the characteristics of the reflected light.

eagleyard Photonics is now assigned by SpaceTech to deliver the space qualified DFB seed laser diodes at 1064nm and 1645nm for the whole program – as well as for the corresponding qualification campaign. Including particularly the 2nd 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.

The decision to choose eagleyard as the supplier for the DFB seed laser diodes was based not only on its one-stop product portfolio - offering both required wavelengths of 1064nm and 1645nm simultaneously. But also on eagleyard’s international successful space references - highlighting the successful ESA-GAIA mission as well as the NASA C.A.T.S. (Cloud Aerosol Transmission System) mission, both utilizing eagleyard’s 14-pin butterfly DFB laser diodes. In fact the NASA C.A.T.S mission is already operating a LIDAR instrument on board of the International Space Station (ISS) seeded by an eagleyard laser diode.

Last but not least eagleyard was chosen for the capability of its quality division providing competence and authority to autonomously run a space related Lot Acceptance Test campaign (LAT) fully compliant with their customers’ needs.

Temperature cycle tests, vibrational and shock tests, radiation tests and life time tests are part of a larger variety of harsh environmental test runs.

Its long lasting experience with the successful execution of such LAT campaigns, in conjunction with a careful balance between necessary quality assurance aspects within budget constraints made eagleyard furthermore a contributing member of ESA Photonics Working Group. This body defines and proposes useful guidelines for ESCC standards in order to qualify laser diodes in a meaningful way for space applications.

If you would like to learn more about eagleyard Photonics and its laser diode portfolio and how we can support your application please come and visit us at Laser World of Photonics in Munich from 26 – 29 June. You will find us in Hall B2 at booth #330.

About eagleyard:
eagleyard Photonics’ core competence is the development, production and sale of innovative high-power laser diodes based on GaAs (Gallium Arsenide). Its portfolio contains laser diodes with wavelengths ranging from 633 nm to 1120 nm. These laser diodes are addressing a variety of applications such as aerospace and defense, spectroscopy, medical instrumentation, test & measurement and material analysis. The Portfolio is split in five product families: Single Mode Laser Diodes, Single Frequency Laser Diodes, Multimode Laser Diodes, Tapered Amplifiers and Gain Chips. eagleyard is represented worldwide, in particular in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. eagleyard Photonics started as a spin-off from the Ferdinand-Braun Institut (FBH) in 2002. In 2013 Toptica Photonics AG has acquired the majority ownership of Berlin-based eagleyard Photonics GmbH. For more information, please visit our website at www.eagleyard.com

Contact:

Sandra Chudek
Marketing
eagleyard Photonics GmbH
Tel.: + 49 30 6392 4520
E-Mail: sandra.chudek@eagleyard.com

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eagleyard Photonics entwickelt, produziert und vertreibt Hochleis- tungslaserdioden – die Schlüsselkomponenten für Lasersysteme der nächsten Generation. Diese Halbleiterlaserdioden entstanden aus Forschungsleistungen des renommierten Ferdinand-Braun- Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und werden mittlerweile im industriellen Maßstab gefertigt. Inzwischen  hat sich das rasant wachsende Unternehmen, das 2002 in der Haupt- stadt Berlin  gegründet  wurde,  mit  Hochleistungslaserdioden  bei Wellenlängen von 630 bis 1120 nm eine führende Marktpo- sition erobert. Kunden in aller Welt integrieren die Laserdioden „made by eagleyard“ in ihre Systeme. Die konsequente Ausrich- tung auf die jeweils branchentypischen, dabei jedoch durchaus unterschiedlichen Kundenanforderungen, tragen zum nachhaltigen Wachstum des ISO9001:2008 zertifizierten Unternehmens bei.

Arbeitsgebiete
Entwicklung, Herstellung und Anbieter von Hochleistungslaserdi- oden mit Wellenlängen von 630 nm bis 1120 nm.

Leistungsangebot
Die Produktpalette umfasst Ridge Waveguide Laser (Fabry Perot), Breitstreifenlaser, Trapezlaser, Trapezverstärker, DFB und DBR Laser, die sich durch exzellente Strahlqualität, hohe optische Leis- tung und Zuverlässigkeit auszeichnen.

Forschungs- und Entwicklungsschwerpunkte
Zielrichtung von Entwicklungsarbeiten ist seit jeher die kontinu- ierliche Erhöhung der optischen Leistung der Diodenstrukturen, sowie Entwicklung von umweltstabilen Packages mit integrierten Mikrooptiken zur stabilen und kostengünstigen Strahlformung. Durch die Entwicklung von qualifizierten Dioden für Raumfahrt- missionen wie GAIA und Merlin wurde in den vergangen Jahren verstärkt Wissen zum Aufbau robuster und umweltstabiler Laser- dioden aufgebaut.

Spezielle Ausstattung
Eigenes Reinraumlabor

Partner im Technologiefeld
Ferdinand-Braun-Institut

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