Accession Number : ADD016459

Title :   Optic Fiber Payout Test Apparatus Having a Projectile Track System with Dual Rails.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 6 Jul 93, patented 21 Jun 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Lambert, Mark A ; Burnett, Wayne A ; Seberger, Robert A ; Harker, James W

Report Date : 21 Jun 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : An optic fiber payout test system and apparatus is disclosed which is adapted for simulating the payout of fiber at high speeds. This optic fiber payout test apparatus is comprised of a projectile, a source of fiber attached to the projectile, and a pneumatic propulsion system to propel the projectile and initiate the payout of the fiber. The fiber payout test apparatus further comprises a projectile track system as well as a braking system which allows the projectile to be used safely within a laboratory environment. The optic fiber payout test apparatus also provides a means for testing the payout of fiber optic cable in a manner that simulates the high rate of speed and high accelerations encountered during free flight. This capability is important for the development of launched fiber optic guided weapons systems and in particular, air launched optic guided weapons systems.

Descriptors :   *PNEUMATIC EQUIPMENT, *CABLE ASSEMBLIES, *GUIDED PROJECTILES, *PATENTS, *LAUNCHERS, ACCELERATION, AIR LAUNCHED, BRAKING, CABLES, FIBER OPTICS, FREE FLIGHT, GUIDED WEAPONS, HIGH RATE, PROJECTILES, PROPULSION SYSTEMS, TEST AND EVALUATION, TRACKS, VELOCITY, SOLENOIDS, HIGH VELOCITY

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Hydraulic and Pneumatic Equipment
      Guided Munitions
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE