Fiber optic tethers can be used with many types of vehicles to bring back TV and other sensor information from the vehicle and to transmit command signals to the vehicle. Their use enables a vehicle under human control to penetrate into areas that are too dangerous, confined or in otherwise not suitable for manned vehicles to go. The vehicle is fearless, and does not have to provide space and support equipment for a man. We will discuss some of the general types of vehicles for which tethered fiber optic links have been demonstrated.
William H. Culver,
"Military Applications Of Fiber Optic Tethered Vehicle Technology", Proc. SPIE 0989, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms II, (9 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.959839; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.959839