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Fiber optics for the National Aero-Space Plane
Author(s): Peter Erbland
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Paper Abstract

An evaluation is made of NASP vehicle features which bear on the need for, and the feasibility of, incorporating fiber-optic structural-state diagnostic sensors. The most likely application appears to be fiber-optic data links for high-bandwidth communications; this is followed in order of diminishing likelihood by distributed sensing systems, advanced optical transduction techniques, fiber-optic microphones, and nonintrusive measurements of flowfield density. Specific fiber-optic sensors will be employed where they are overwhelmingly favored by a cost-benefit analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1370, Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins III, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.24831
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Peter Erbland, U.S Air Force System Command/N (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1370:
Fiber Optic Smart Structures and Skins III
Richard O. Claus; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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