Accession Number : ADD017605

Title :   Towed Fiber Optic Data Link Payout System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 6 Sep 90, patented 30 May 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Holzschuh, Jack E ; Hightower, John D

Report Date : 30 May 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A continuous optical data path is provided through an optical fiber extending from a launch platform to a missile. The launch platform, a surface craft, submarine or aircraft, has a tether cable connected at one end with a length of the optical fiber extending to a dynamically designed body. The dynamically designed body prevents damage of the length of optical fiber by pulling it and the tether cable beyond the structure and propulsors of the launch platform. A body spool of the optical fiber provided on the dynamically designed body pays out optical fiber as the dynamically designed body is pulled along by the launch platform and a canister spool of optical fiber on a missile canister for the missile provides the continuous optical data path as the canister is deployed from the dynamically designed body. A missile spool of the optical fiber may be included on the missile to provide the continuous data path if it is desired to launch the missile from the missile canister. The concatenated spools of optical fiber assure that failure inducing stresses are avoided as the missile and launch platform each continue on their way.

Descriptors :   *GUIDED MISSILE LAUNCHERS, *DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, *OPTICAL DATA, *FIBER OPTICS TRANSMISSION LINES, *CABLE REELS, FIBER OPTICS, DATA LINKS, REMOTE CONTROL, TETHERING, TOWING CABLES

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE