Accession Number : ADD016538

Title :   System for Effecting Underwater Coupling of Optical Fiber Cables Characterized by a Novel POD-To-Vehicle Interlock.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 13 Sep 93, patented 27 Sep 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hillenbrand, Christopher F ; Barron, Thomas D ; Nugent, David M

Report Date : 27 Sep 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : A submarine trails one fiber optic cable and an undersea vehicle is controlled by this first cable. A missile/torpedo trails a second cable that is to be coupled to the first cable. The second cable has a segment suspended vertically underwater between a buoyant pod and a sea anchor type buoy. The undersea vehicle, or Autonomous Undersea Vehicle, (AUV) hunts for the pod by a conventional homing transmitter, and a fork-shaped cable capture probe on the vehicle direct the cable's movement relative to the vehicle into a pod mating position in which a male plug portion in the underside of the pod mates with a female socket in a slot formed at the vertex of the fork. An interlock mechanism between the male socket and female socket holds the pod and AUV in engagement wherein optical coupling is achieved.

Descriptors :   *FIBER OPTICS, *UNDERWATER CABLES, *PATENTS, ANCHORS, BUOYS, CABLES, COUPLINGS, FEMALES, HOMING, MALES, OCEANS, OPTICS, PLUGS, PROBES, SLOTS, SUBMARINES, TORPEDOES, TRANSMITTERS, UNDERWATER, SUBMARINE EQUIPMENT

Subject Categories : Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE