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An Optical Communication System For Aircraft
Author(s): Thomas N. Rodgers
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Paper Abstract

On many occasions it is required to modify a USAF aircraft to render it capable of supporting a Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) effort. This modification usually involves the addition of wires in the aircraft to gather and transmit data to an external instrumentation pod. This problem has limited the types of aircraft that could be modified to support tests and has been the cause for lengthy and expensive delays in test support. The Optical Communicator System (OCS) will minimize the previously mentioned problems and supply capabilities not now realizable. With the OCS, data is transmitted from the data source to the instrumentation pod via a modulated, non-coherent light beam. The OCS is capable of handling 140 independent, simultaneous data channels under realistic airborne environmental conditions. Features of the system include: visible light beam utilized for alignment, a memory to assure logical data output at all times; a "test word" to assure optical path integrity while in-flight; sufficient system beamwidth to allow for relative motion between the instrumentation pod on the aircraft wing and the data initia-tion point. The OCS is completing airborne acceptance testing at this time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1978
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0150, Laser and Fiber Optics Communications, (21 December 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956706
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Thomas N. Rodgers, Armament Development and Test Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0150:
Laser and Fiber Optics Communications
Monte Ross, Editor(s)

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