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Hybrid fiber optic/electrical network for launch vehicles
Author(s): Timothy E. Clark; Mark E. Curran
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Paper Abstract

The present examination of the use of fiber-optic (FO) networks in launch vehicles proceeded from the definition of a data bus architecture able to supplant the mesh network that typically connects major second-stage avionics packages, as well as replacing the takeoff-minus-zero umbilical link between vehicle and launch complex. The analysis undertaken for such a system in the case of a Delta launcher gave attention to bus traffic, costs, and risk factors; on the basis of analysis results, a hybrid FO/electrical network was selected and its candidate termini were tested for ruggedness and reliability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1369, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms IV, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.24816
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy E. Clark, McDonnell Douglas Corp. (United States)
Mark E. Curran, McDonnell Douglas Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1369:
Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms IV
Norris E. Lewis; Emery L. Moore, Editor(s)

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