NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 01.15-1100

PROJECT TITLE : Universal Fiber Optic Test/Instrumentation System (UFO-TIS)

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

The universal fiber optic test/instrumentation system (UFO-TIS) will provide an embedded test/instrumentation system to assist aircraft designers to assess health/status of fiber optic subsystems during dynamic flight environment. SPEC's proposal is to study and design (in Phase I) and build (in Phase 2) a prototype test/instrumentation system. This universal system will be adapted to a wide range of multimode optical fibers used in various aircraft by simply switching between optical adapters. The system will be capable of operating in a photon-counting mode, resulting in minimal "dead zones" for short fiber runs used in typical aircraft applications. In parallel or as an extension to phase II, the UFO-TIS can be packaged as a flyable instrumentation device for test in the NASA F-18 Systems Research Aircraft (SRA). The SPEC UFO-TIS coupled with the NASA SRA will also provide an instrumentation/platform to assist the Fiber Optics Working Group (FOWG) to use in their upcoming fiber evaluations, and for NASA to investigate (and mitigate) communications issues with upcoming fly-by-light control systems. In addition, the proposed program will provide synergy with other programs, such as the fiber-optic sensor suite being developed for the X-33 by NASA-Langley (LaRC) and Lockheed Martin.
POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The proposed universal fiber optic test/instrumentation system (UFO-TIS) will be capable of supporting commercial aviation in the design, installation and tests of fiber optic interconnect systems for commercial and military aircraft. Potential customers are The Boeing Company for the 757, 767 and 777 airframes; Lockheed Martin for the F-22, McDonnell Douglas for the F-18 family and the Boeing/Sikorsky Aircraft RAH-66 helicopter. In addition, SPEC has a long term working relationship with 3M's Telecom Systems Division for the design and development of Optical Time Domain Reflectometers. NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL Name: Dr. Newton B. Penrose Organization and address is the same as Offeror.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation (SPEC) Phone: (512) 306-1100
401 Camp Craft Road
Austin, TX 78746-6558