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ESCC EVALUATION AND QUALIFICATION OF AVIM™ SINGLE POINT OPTICAL CONNECTORS (Contract No: PR-ESA-3-12750)

The present proposal replies to European Space Agency (ESA) Request for Quotation 3-12750/09/NL/PA and is devoted to proposing the tasks necessary to qualify the AVIM™ optical fiber connector The activity described in the present proposal is based on the requirements of ESA Statement.

Project objectives:

The scope of the project is to evaluate the optical fiber connector market for space, propose a product that will be evaluated and then qualified for space application under ESCC standards, to be written and proposed at the end of the project. Two connector set were considered, AVIM™ and Mini-AVIM™ using a Polarization maintaining fiber and a PEEK loose tube.

Features:

Connector set should be qualified, but during the project, a clear relation of performance with fiber and cable extended the project to add a complete assembly configuration to be qualified.

Project plan:

After a market study and test study, an Evaluation Test Procedure, ETP was proposed and implemented. Results were published and presented during ICSO2012 conference. Qualification test procedure was inferred from ETP and Qualification lot produced and qualified.

Expected main benefits:

By establishing standards for testing fiber optic passive assemblies composed of connector sets, fibers and cable, future applications, increasing in the space area, will be easier, less costly than full blown qualification for each project and knowledge based increased in this area for the European space community.

Status:

The project has been closed as of September 2013 and Qualification Test Report (QTR) for the AVIM™ and Mini-AVIM™ are available (Diamond QTR 064 and QTR 065).

The following standards have been published:

Evaluation specificationESCC 2263420

Generic specification

ESCC 3420

Mini-AVIM™ Detail specification 

ESCC 3420/001

The Mini-AVIM™ has been submitted to a requalification in Q1 2018 and passed successfully; the application to the QPL will be done in Q2 2018.