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Fiber-optic sensor demonstrator (FSD) preliminary test results on PROBA-2
Author(s): Roman V. Kruzelecky; Jing Zou; Emile Haddad; Wes Jamroz; Francesco Ricci; Eric Edwards; Iain McKenzie; Pierrik Vuilleumier

Paper Abstract

Fiber Sensor Demonstrator (FSD) developed by MPB Communications (MPBC) is the first demonstration of a full fiber-optic sensor network in the space environment on a satellite. FSD has been launched on ESA’s Proba-2 satellite in November 2009. FSD contains twelve temperature sensors to measure the temperature at different locations in the satellite, and one High-Temperature sensor to measure the transient high temperature in the thruster, as well as one pressure sensor to measure the xenon tank pressure. First set of on-orbit test data were obtained in January 2010. The FSD unit successfully established the communication with Proba-2. The temperature of FSD unit was also acquired through a AD590 sensor inside the unit. The measurements of all the optical fiber sensor lines will be evaluated after the testing results obtained. The FSD contains twelve specially-packaged FBG temperature sensors to measure the temperature at different locations in the propulsion system and the spacecraft over the range of −60°C to +120°C. A high-temperature sensor is provided to measure the transient temperature response of the thruster to beyond 350°C. There is also an innovative P/T sensor that provides both temperature and pressure measurements of the Xe propellant tank. The preliminary data of on-orbit functional testing and temperature measurements are provided mainly in Section 6.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10565, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010, 1056516 (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309107
Show Author Affiliations
Roman V. Kruzelecky, MPB Communications Inc. (Canada)
Jing Zou, MPB Communications Inc. (Canada)
Emile Haddad, MPB Communications Inc. (Canada)
Wes Jamroz, MPB Communications Inc. (Canada)
Francesco Ricci, Xiphos Technologies Inc. (Canada)
Eric Edwards, Xiphos Technologies Inc. (Canada)
Iain McKenzie, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
Pierrik Vuilleumier, European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10565:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2010
Errico Armandillo; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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