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Fiber Optics Applications for MIL-STD-1760.
Final rept. 15 May 83-13 Aug 84,
MCDONNELL AIRCRAFT CO ST LOUIS MO
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Fiber optics offers attractive design options for information transfer systems with its advances of wide bandwidth and electromagnetic noise immunity. The DoD has recognized these potential benefits by allocating positions in the MIL-STD-1760 Primary Interface Signal Set connector for two future fiber optic bus lines. For several years, users and several connector manufacturers have been interested in a set of fiber optics contacts interchangeable with size 16 electrical contacts for the MIL-C-38999 connector. Preliminary prototype testing had been sufficiently successful to define a program of full scale qualification for aircraft applications. The result was this contract sponsored by the U.S. Air Force ASDENASA with the objective to identify and qualify a set of fiber optics interconnect components which would meet MIL-STD-1760 performance and environmental tests requirements. The program has been successful. A MIL-STD-1760 fiber optics interconnect set has been identified and qualified. Specifications for the component parts and materials have been written. Procedures for fabrication, installation, hardware use, maintenancerepair, and training have been developed. This fiber optics interconnect system is fully qualified and ready for aircraft use.
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