News‎ > ‎

Offerings to the god of Laser Power

posted Jun 21, 2019, 7:50 AM by Doug Sinclair   [ updated Jun 21, 2019, 7:52 AM ]
Burt Munro famously kept a shelf of burned motorcycle pistons with the label "Offerings to the god of speed".  In that vein, here are just a few of the MEMS fine-steering mirrors that we have destroyed in the development of the Darkstar laser downlink terminal.  Unsurprisingly, optical power must be massively derated when working in vacuum.