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There are only a few suppliers of optical terminals: what is the reason?

Challenges Mass production and industrialization: The industry has geared up over decades to supply radio equipment such as phased-array antennas and hardware on satellites. Shifting the production ...
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Are new precision gyroscopes used in spaceflight pretty much all optical?

A hemispherical resonator is an example of a mechanical gyroscope that has no bearing parts and for practical purposes no moving parts either. See the Wiki page here. I actually find the description ...
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Is there a space-certification procedure used by commercial spacecraft manufactures for electronic components?

EEE-INST-001 and EEE-INST-002 are the guidelines for COTS parts screened for space service levels 1, 2 and 3. These assume you will perform functional screening to eliminate infant mortality and that ...
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How well would optical fiber work on the Moon or Mars?

Standard commercial optical fibers could be used for data transfer on the Moon or Mars, but they may have a shorter life span than on earth and worse signal quality. The radiation does have an impact ...
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Free space optical communication simulation in matlab

Without knowing how the weather data is formatted, I would say to use a cell array with the index being the minute of the year. ...
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Is there a space-certification procedure used by commercial spacecraft manufactures for electronic components?

There is, kind of. The US Military has a number of standards, called mil specs, which are required for certain components in certain kinds of environments. Among these is IEST-STD-CC1246D, which ...
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Is there a space-certification procedure used by commercial spacecraft manufactures for electronic components?

In Europe this is covered by the European Space Components Coordination. Among other things, they maintain a list of components that are qualified for use in ESA missions in agreement with standard "...
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