Space Qualified Detectors

Space applications require reliability, traceability, and adherence to strict timelines.

Space Qualified Detectors

Photek has a proven track record of manufacturing high quality, high-reliability products for use in space. Example projects include NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) and Global Ultraviolet Imager (GUVI). Photek’s detectors also flew on the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager (SSUSI) mission as well as the Indian Space Research Organization’s Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT), and others. To date, electronics and readout system have been designed and manufactured by specialty companies, universities, or research institutes.

Given the degree of testing involved surrounding space programs, Photek’s standard program includes the procurement of multiple product models for various testing purposes. These include:

Commercial Model

These are standard products, manufactured with stock components. They are designed for traditional commercial use, with the exception of military and space applications.

Engineering Model

A functional detector built to the design of the flight model that is manufactured using commercial grade components. These detectors are not exposed to environmental testing procedures. It is solely used as a proof of principle detector. 

Space Qualified Model

Products for space applications generally have a much longer lead time than commercial products due to the increased levels of documentation, traceability, validation, and so on. This qualification model is an identical build to the flight model detectors but undergoes enhanced testing and higher profile levels of environmental screening (thermal and vibration). 

Flight Models and Spares

These units are built identically to the qualification model detectors. Manufacturing typically takes place after the qualification model has been tested and accepted. 

Sydor’s team of engineers work with Photek to produce a multi-phase design review program. Major reviews include the Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, and Acceptance Review, with regular communication to ensure best efforts are made to meet all pertinent deadlines.

If you have a space project requiring a proposal, please contact Sydor today to schedule an initial consultation.


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