Accession Number : ADD017516

Title :   System for Effecting Underwater Coupling of Optical Fiber Cables Characterized By a Novel V-Probe Cable Capture Mechanism.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 13 Sep 93, patented 14 Mar 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

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

Report Date : 14 Mar 1995

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 conventional homing means. A forked cable pickup device in the nose of the AUV captures the suspended cable segment directing it into a slot so a male socket in the underside of the pod mates with a female socket in the slot. (MM)

Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *FIBER OPTICS TRANSMISSION LINES, *COUPLINGS, *PATENTS, *TOWING CABLES, TORPEDOES, SUBMARINES, UNDERWATER CABLES, BUOYS

Subject Categories : Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints
      Submarine Engineering
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE