Aerospace and Defense

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Aerospace and Defense Capabilities

Gooch & Housego’s solutions for aerospace, defense, and space markets include offerings in fiber optics, integrated FO component packaging and precision optics. Their sub systems and components and are used for guidance and navigation, opto-pyrotechnics and data communications.

Products & Applications

G&H’s precision optics, fiber optics and additionally acousto-optics, electro-optics, optical radiation measurement instrumentation and nonlinear optics are used in many applications including opt-pyrotechnics sub-assemblies for space ignition systems, target designations and range-finding for both land and airborne systems, and countermeasures for ground based systems and airborne platforms. Other applications include:

  • Avionic data communications
  • Battlefield simulation systems
  • Cockpit display testing
  • Electronic warfare/countermeasure systems
  • Interferometric measurement
  • Satellite telecoms
  • Space ignition systems
  • Target designation and range finding systems

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Space Photonics

Space Photonics technology will strongly impact next generation satellite deployment and will enable broadband satellite connectivity, much like fiber optics changed the way terrestrial networks perform. Because of its success in science based missions, photonics technology is poised for widespread use in satellite to satellite communications and for on-board satellite data processing and routing.

G&H has a proven track record in the design and development of space hardware for ESA and NASA missions with components and module systems integrated into operational satellites and on-board the International Space Station.

They also maintain a leading role in the research and development within Europe and the USA, through projects and contracts centered on optical inter and intra-satellite communications, feeding innovation, and new generations of product lines.

Gooch & Housego’s Systems Technology Group (STG) is their R&D center that is actively focused on developing the next generation of product lines within the space domain with a focus on developing systems for the generation, transmission, amplification, and reception of light.

Current projects include the development of photonic telecom payloads in the HIPPO and BEACON projects, laser communication terminals for the HIPPO and TESLA projects, and optically interconnected on-board processors within the MERLIN project.

Contact Gooch & Housego for more information on their photonics technology, their R&D programs, and the role they can play in your next aerospace or defense related application.

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