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Space Application Of Fiber Optics Systems
Author(s): Gail A. Taylor; John C. Thacker
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Paper Abstract

Fiber optics offers many advantages over conventional wire systems; they include low weight, large bandwidth capacity, simple architecture for data bussing, EMI invulnerability, and cost effectiveness. However, present-day fiber optic technology cannot meet the requirements of the most adverse space environments. The adverseness of the environment is primarily attributable to high-dose radiation and temperature extremes in a space vehicle. The technology to compensate for these problems is presently available, but developmental money would be needed, since commercial applications do not require survivability in such an environment. Initial development costs, along with the lack of sufficient reliability data, are deterring the adoption of fiber optics in space programs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 1982
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0296, Fiber Optics in Adverse Environments I, (22 January 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932437
Show Author Affiliations
Gail A. Taylor, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)
John C. Thacker, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0296:
Fiber Optics in Adverse Environments I
Peter B. Lyons, Editor(s)

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