Chapter 24. Laser Safety
Joe M. Victor, Ph.D.
Laser Safety Officer, Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Houston, Texas
24.2 Laser Characteristics
24.4 Lasers Used in Space
24.5 Design Considerations for Laser Safety
There is a safety requirement at NASA for Class 3B and Class 4 lasers that applies to the operation of these devices in space. This requirement is called out in JPG 1700.1 (NASA 1999
Before discussing lasers, a brief discussion of the optical spectrum, as well as the biological effects of light on the human body, are given as background.
24.1.1. Optical Spectrum
The optical spectrum is a small portion of the ...