The Fiber Optic Pressure Sensor Array System is applicable to many other fields where passive sensors of small size, high accuracy, and networking features are important. F/O Sensor Array technology developed in this program is directly applicable to other types of inertial sensors such as optical accelerometers, microphones, etc. Flight Testing Thousands of sensors to test and qualify aircraft; the networking feature drastically reduces cabling and testing costs. Wind Tunnel Testing Hundred of pressure and vibration measurement channels are used world wide Airplane and Satellite Monitoring Large number of sensors of different types are used for on-board monitoring. Naval Ship Monitoring Thousands of sensors are used on board military and commercial ships. Helicopter Condition Based Monitoring - Hundreds of sensors are used in Health Usage Monitoring Systems on board helicopters. Structural Testing Hundreds of sensors are used to test the modal behavior of airplanes, satellites, missiles and other structures.
Applications are in flight and ground/wind tunnel testing of aircrafts where surface pressure measurements are needed. The proposed system, for many applications, is a better alternative to the Electronic Scanner Pressure system, which are used across NASA wind tunnel facilities and flight test programs: 1. Subsonic Facilities: Low Speed Wind Tunnel at GRC, Subsonic Tunnel and Vertical Spin Tunnel at LaRC 2. Transonic Facilities: National Transonic Facility and Transonic Dynamics Tunnel at LaRC, Unitary Plan Facility at ARC 3. Supersonic Facilities: Supersonic Wind Tunnels at GRC and ARC, Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel (UPWT) at LaRC's 4. Flight Loads Laboratory (FLL) at Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC). NASA fight & wind tunnel test scientists have shown a high degree of interest on the system as demonstrated by the participation of three Technology Infusion Application Advisers listed below: Organization Transition Program Mission Directive James Bell NASA/ARC Moffett Fundamental Aeronautics Aeronautics Research David Star Facility Manag. Planning Office Wind Tunnel Testing Aeronautics Research Allen R. Parker NASA Dryden SOFIA, Ikhana, 853 (one of Dryden's F-18), Global Hawk Aeronautics Research