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Technology validation of optical fiber cables for space flight environments
Author(s): Melanie N. Ott; Patricia R. Friedberg
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Paper Abstract

Periodically, commercially available (commercial off the shelf, COTS) optical fiber cable assemblies are characterized for space flight usage under the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging Program. The purpose of this is to provide a family of optical fiber cable options to a variety of different harsh environments typical to space flight missions. The optical fiber cables under test are evaluated to bring out known failure mechanisms that are expected to occur during a typical mission. The tests used to characterize COTS cables include: vacuum exposure, thermal cycling and radiation exposure. Presented here are the results of the testing conducted at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on COTS optical fiber cables over this past year. Several optical fiber cables were characterized for their thermal stability both during and after thermal cycling. The results show how much preconditioning is necessary for a variety of available cables to remain thermally stable in a space flight environment. Several optical fibers of dimensions 100/140/172 microns were characterized for their radiation effects at -125 degree(s)C using the dose rate requirements of International Space Station. One optical fiber cable in particular was tested for outgassing to verify whether an acrylate coated fiber could be used in a space flight optical cable configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4216, Optical Devices for Fiber Communication II, (2 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.414117
Show Author Affiliations
Melanie N. Ott, Sigma Research and Engineering and NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Patricia R. Friedberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4216:
Optical Devices for Fiber Communication II
Dilip K. Paul; Michel J. F. Digonnet; Osman S. Gebizlioglu; Osman S. Gebizlioglu; Roger A. Greenwell; Roger A. Greenwell; Dennis N. Horwitz; Dennis N. Horwitz; Dilip K. Paul, Editor(s)

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