From Event: SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging, 2017
In 1977 McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company began a project to investigate the usage of optical gyros to support
the Delta Launch vehicle. This resulted in the invention of the closed loop fiber optic gyro and several derivative
inventions that allowed entry into acoustics for undersea applications, launched the field of fiber optic smart structures,
and resulted in some strange detours into secure fiber optic communication. Health monitoring activities with Blue
Road Research, Inc. and later Columbia Gorge Research, LLC continuing to develop fiber sensors for an ever wider
range of use including civil structures, oil and gas, environmental sensing, high speed machining, composite
manufacturing, energetic materials, robotic surgery and electric power. This paper primarily follow the path to the
moon, Mars and beyond with the objective of showing how fiber sensors are helping us to get there and ultimately will
help us stay there.
Eric Udd and Ingrid Udd Scheel, "Mars or bust! 40 years of fiber optic sensor development," Proc. SPIE 10208, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications XIV, 1020802 (Presented at SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging: April 11, 2017; Published: 27 April 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2257921.
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