• AN EVENT TIMING SYSTEM USING FIBER OPTIC SENSORS

      Otis, Craig H.; Lewis, Steve M.; Far West Sensor Corp. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1992-10)
      A fiber optic event timing system was developed for the High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, NM. The system uses fiber optic sensors to detect the passage of rocket sleds by different stations along the track. The sensors are connected by fiber optic cables to an electronics package that records the event time to a resolution of 100 nanoseconds. By use of a GPS receiver as the timebase, the event time is stored to an absolute accuracy of 300 nanoseconds. Custom VMEbus boards were developed for the event timing function, and these boards are controlled by a programmable high speed sequencer, which allows for complicated control functions. Each board has 4 electro-optic channels, and multiple boards can be used in a VMEbus card cage controlled by a single board computer. The system has been tested in a series of missions at the Test Track.