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preliminary analysis of wl experiment number 701: space environment effects on operating fiber optic systemsA brief overview of the analysis performed on WL Experiment number 701 is presented, highlighting the successful operation of the first know active fiber optic links orbited in space. Four operating fiber optic links were exposed to the space environment for a period exceeding five years, situated aboard and external to the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF). Despite the prolonged space exposure to radiation, wide temperature extremums, atomic oxygen interactions, and micrometeorite and debris impacts, the optical data links performed well within specification limits. Early Phillips Laboratory tests and analyses performed on the experiment and its recovered magnetic tape data strongly indicate that fiber optic application in space will have a high success rate.
Document ID
19910015767
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Taylor, E. W.
(Air Force Systems Command Kirtland AFB, NM, United States)
Padden, R. J.
(Air Force Systems Command Kirtland AFB, NM, United States)
Berry, J. N.
(Air Force Systems Command Kirtland AFB, NM, United States)
Sanchez, A. D.
(Air Force Systems Command Kirtland AFB, NM, United States)
Chapman, S. P.
(Air Force Systems Command Kirtland AFB, NM, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Langley Research Center, First LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium Abstracts
Subject Category
OPTICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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