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13 February 1990 Fiber Optic Sensor System Readiness For Aircraft
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Advantages of fiber optic technology in an aircraft control system are realized at the system level and not in sensors or components themselves. Improved system reliability and performance, and reduced electro-optic (e-o) interface size, weight and cost may be realized with the use of fiber optic technology. This paper provides a discussion on the Electro-optic Architecture conceptual designs, sensor multiplexing approaches and key design requirements for the control system of the aircraft. In addition, a comparison of Time and Wavelength division multiplexed systems (TDM and WDM) for digital position sensors configured into a network is made to identify which approach meets system design criteria more efficiently. It is concluded that present WDM sensor interrogation time must be drastically reduced to be compatible with the aircraft control system and that both approaches require a highly reliable optical source which provides adequate power and spectral bandwidth.
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D. Varshneya and W. L. Glomb Jr. "Fiber Optic Sensor System Readiness For Aircraft", Proc. SPIE 1173, Fiber Optic Systems for Mobile Platforms III, (13 February 1990);


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