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Mars or bust! 40 years of fiber optic sensor development
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Paper Abstract

In 1977 McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company began a project to investigate the usage of optical gyros to support the Delta Launch vehicle. This resulted in the invention of the closed loop fiber optic gyro and several derivative inventions that allowed entry into acoustics for undersea applications, launched the field of fiber optic smart structures, and resulted in some strange detours into secure fiber optic communication. Health monitoring activities with Blue Road Research, Inc. and later Columbia Gorge Research, LLC continuing to develop fiber sensors for an ever wider range of use including civil structures, oil and gas, environmental sensing, high speed machining, composite manufacturing, energetic materials, robotic surgery and electric power. This paper primarily follow the path to the moon, Mars and beyond with the objective of showing how fiber sensors are helping us to get there and ultimately will help us stay there.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2017
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10208, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XIV, 1020802 (27 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257921
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Eric Udd, Columbia Gorge Research LLC (United States)
Ingrid Udd Scheel, Columbia Gorge Research LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10208:
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XIV
Christopher S. Baldwin; Gary Pickrell; Henry H. Du, Editor(s)

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