China is working diligently on a space station known as Tiangong programme, which is slated to be completed in 2022. One of the recent announcements revolving around the technology of this space station is that it will be using LED lighting exclusively.This includes a variety of LED lighting, including spotlights for missions and docking, as well as lighting used inside the space station for tasks such as reading lamps for the astronauts. LED lighting is extremely small, lightweight, and energy efficient making it a great option for China’s new space station.
China has Been Using LED Lighting for Quite Some Time
This is not the first application of LED lighting for the Chinese space program. In fact, China used LEDs on the Shenzhou 7 spacecraft in 2008. This was the spacecraft that sent 3 astronauts into space for the country’s first spacewalk.
Benefits of LED Lighting in Space
There are a whole host of benefits of LED lighting being used in space. When conventional lighting is used in space, it requires pressurized gases with a high voltage current, while LED lighting does not. Without these pressurized gases, it is much safer to use LED lighting while in space to prevent potential issues with high voltage current. The China space program began to look at LED lighting in 2003, but did not think the technology had advanced enough to be useful until 2008. In testing, Chinese scientists used spectroradiometers to ensure that the LEDs would remain reliable and stable, even while being exposed to radiation as well as extreme hot and cold temperatures, which are commonplace in space.
Gooch & Housego OL 770 Spectroradiometer
Just as was the case with China space travel, spectroradiometers are extremely beneficial for LED testing and measurement gathering. The OL-770-LED test and measurement system is a high-speed system that can be customized to a variety of applications. For more information on this spectroradiometer, contact Gooch & Housego by phone at 800-899-5412 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.