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18 October 1996 NEAR laser rangefinder light-weight packaging design
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The NEAR laser range finder (NLR) design is a compact, light weight design with a high power laser transmitter and a high performance mirror receiver system. One of the main objectives of the NLR is to provide the in-situ distance measurement from the spacecraft to a near earth asteroid. An on board computer will compile this information to provide necessary navigation requirements for the NEAR satellite. Due to the weight budget constraint, the maximum weight limitation of the NLR has been a critical issue from the beginning of the program. To achieve this goal and meet the system design objectives, innovative designs have been implemented in the development of light weight optical, mechanism, and electronic packaging hardware. This paper provides details of the NLR electronic packaging design, thermal and structural designs.
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Binh Q. Le, Timothy D. Cole, Daniel E. Rodriguez, R. Alan Reiter, Robert C. Moore, Mark T. Boies, Edward D. Schaefer, Lee Stillman, and Stephen Krein "NEAR laser rangefinder light-weight packaging design", Proc. SPIE 2811, Photonics for Space Environments IV, (18 October 1996);

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