The proposed effort will pursue development of a flexible, high-performance, size/weight/power-optimized fiber-optic sensing platform appropriate for deep spaceflight missions and amenable to harsh launch, entry, descent, and landing environments. Custom sensors and sensor arrangements appropriate for multi-parameter sensing in thermal protection systems of interplanetary landers will be developed. The proposed technology is applicable to both rigid and flexible thermal protection systems.
The proposed technology enables acquisition of real-time, in-flight strain, pressure, temperature, and recession data related to structural dynamics analysis and health monitoring of flight and spaceflight vehicles. The technology can be applied to components, structures, and aerodynamic surfaces, both rigid and flexible.
Non-NASA commercial applications of the technology include renewable wind energy, commercial aerospace & aviation, oil & gas, automotive, nuclear energy, and perimeter security.