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19 September 1980 Fiber Optic System Test Results In A Tactical Military Aircraft
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Proceedings Volume 0224, Fiber Optics for Communications and Control; (1980)
Event: 1980 Technical Symposium East, 1980, Washington, D.C., United States
The YAV-8B Electromagnetic Immunity and Flight-Test Program was established to evaluate the susceptibility of wire and optical fiber signal transmission lines to electromagnetic interference when these lines are installed in a graphite/epoxy composite wing and to demonstrate the flightworthiness of fiber optics interconnects in the vertical/ short takeoff and landing aircraft environment. In response, two fiber optic systems were designed, fabricated, and flight tested by McDonnell Aircraft Co. (MCAIR), a division of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, on the two YAV-8B V/STOL flight test aircraft. The program successfully demonstrated that fiber optics are compatible with the attack aircraft environment. As a result, the full scale development AV-8B will incorporate fiber optics in a point-to-point data link. We describe here the fiber optic systems designs, test equipment development, cabling and connection requirements, fabrication and installation experience, and flight test program results.
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Roger W. Uhlhorn and Roger A. Greenwell "Fiber Optic System Test Results In A Tactical Military Aircraft", Proc. SPIE 0224, Fiber Optics for Communications and Control, (19 September 1980);


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