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Abstract: Automation – the Means to High Reliability Aerospace Fiber Optic Cables

Photonics, with its virtually infinite bandwidth, electrical noise immunity, small size, low cost, and increased capacity are being inserted into a number of military platforms to handle higher data rates and larger traffic volumes. These military fiber optic cables are meant for severe environments, with shock, vibration, and wide temperature ranges not typically required for commercial applications.

Currently, the manufacturing of these aircraft fiber optic cables is manually intensive, requiring a high degree of manual dexterity and skill to achieve stringent performance requirements. 

This abstract explores The Fiber Optic Interconnect Technology (FOIT) program. The FOIT program was developed to improve cable performance, reliability and reduce life cycle cost for fiber optic insertion into military applications. 

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