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A versatile fibre optic sensor interrogation system for the Ariane Launcher based on an electro-optically tuneable laser diode

Paper Abstract

Availability of reliable flight sensor data and knowledge of the structural behaviour are essential for safe operation of the Ariane launcher. The Ariane launcher is currently monitored by hundreds of electric sensors during test and qualification. Fibre optic sensors are regarded as a potential technique to overcome limitations of recent monitoring systems for the Ariane launcher [1]. These limitations include cumbersome application of sensors and harness as well as a very limited degree of distributed sensing capability. But, in order to exploit the various advantages of fibre optic sensors (high degree of multiplexing, distributed sensing capability, lower mass impact, etc.) dedicated measurement systems have to be developed and investigated. State-of-the-art fibre optic measurement systems often use free beam setups making them bulky and sensitive to vibration impact. Therefore a new measurement system is developed as part of the ESAstudy [2].

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105661D (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308218
Show Author Affiliations
M. P. Plattner, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
F. Hirth, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
M. S. Müller, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
L. Hoffmann, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
T. C. Buck, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
A. W. Koch, Technische Univ. München (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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