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Power-by-light flight control: an EMI-immune backup
Author(s): John R. Todd
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Paper Abstract

Since the inception of critical digital fly-by-wire systems the commercial and military aerospace industries have struggled with the issue of how to implement auxiliary flight control in the advent of computer and/or command transmission system faults or failures. One potential cause of these problems is the external electromagnetic environment (EME). An electrically isolated auxiliary flight control mode based on power-by-light technology could provide a cost effective, electromagnetic interference (EMI) resistant alternative to the electrical and mechanical backup systems in use today. This paper addresses the benefits and issues associated with power-by-light flight control and discusses the status of ongoing work to bring it to reality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1589, Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50985
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John R. Todd, McDonnell Douglas Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1589:
Specialty Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms
Norris E. Lewis; Emery L. Moore, Editor(s)

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