TechConnect Innovation Program

NASA Armstrong’s Fiber Optic Sensing System (FOSS)

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, CA, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s lightweight, robust fiber optic sensing system (FOSS) represents a major breakthrough in high-speed operational monitoring and sensing technology. The sensing system can be used to determine a variety of critical parameters including strain, shape deformation, temperature, liquid level, strength, and operational loads in real-time.

Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors & Communications

Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 7

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This state-of-the-art sensor system is small, lightweight, and fast—it processes information at rates up to 100 times per second, representing a 20-fold improvement over existing technologies. In addition, it offers unprecedented levels of data density—each 40-foot, hair-like fiber offers up to 2,000 data points, with adjustable spatial resolution.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 318

Website: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ipp/centers/dfrc/technology/Fiber-Optic-Sensing-Suite.html

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: The FOSS portfolio technologies were developed by NASA.

Primary Sources of Funding: Other

Looking for: Development / License Partners