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ESCC standards, evaluation and qualification of optical fiber connectors for space application

Paper Abstract

Optical fiber connectors have been used for the past fifteen years in space application. Reviewing the heritage left from past and current mission, the status of ESCC standards for these components and assemblies will help future use of fiber in space applications.

In the frame of the ESA ECI program, Diamond has evaluated and is currently qualifying according to ESCC standards the AVIM and Mini-AVIM connectors. The configuration retained to qualify the connector sets is using a polarization maintaining fiber at 1550nm with a loose tube in PEEK as cable structure.

The evaluation has been used to step-stress specific characteristics of the optical fiber connectors with a particular aim at possible failure modes to establish a safety factor for the qualification. The evaluation results presented can be used on a case by case to evaluate special applications that would require to extend the specification.

The qualification components can be extended further and a structure for assemblies is proposed in order to simplify fiber optics implementation in space projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105641K (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309053
Show Author Affiliations
Frédéric Taugwalder, Diamond SA (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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