NASA-Supported Project Uses Fiber Optic Sensors to Accurately Measure
TSX Venture Exchange symbol: FOX
TORONTO, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Fiber Optic Systems Technology, Inc.
("FOX-TEK"), (TSX-V: FOX), a developer of patented non-intrusive sensing
systems, today announced it has been awarded a US patent for a fiber optic
impact damage detection system designed to monitor impact damage for
airplanes, satellites and manned spacecraft.
The patent covers a sensor system that uses fiber optics to determine the
location and severity of damage to vehicles caused by high-energy
micrometeoroids or orbital debris (MOD).
"This patent adds strategic value to our intellectual property portfolio
and extends our reach into the commercial and strategic aviation and aerospace
markets," said Dr. Don Morison, FOX-TEK's Vice President of Engineering and
Spacecraft traditionally use bumper shields and energy absorbing
materials to minimize the damage to vital areas caused by MOD impacts, but are
typically still unable to sense MOD damage when it occurs.
Through a research project supported by the NASA Johnson Space Center in
Houston, Texas, FOX-TEK's team of engineers developed a sensor system based on
the company's patented fiber optic monitoring system used for terrestrial
infrastructure projects like pipelines and bridges. The new sensor system used
optical fibers that are mounted on or within a structure and then linked to a
detection system that accurately locates and measures damaged areas.
According to the US Patent Office, FOX-TEK's impact detection system is
the only system in its class that precisely determines the location and
direction of impact, the size of the object and the extent of the damage.
"We're providing the aerospace industry with a mission-critical solution
that far surpasses the limitations of current systems," says Dr. Essam
Zaghloul, FOX-TEK's president and CEO. "Our fiber optic sensor systems have
gained widespread acceptance throughout the oil and gas pipeline industry, and
we expect to continue to enter new markets."
About Fiber Optic Systems Technology
Fiber Optic Systems Technology, Inc. "FOX-TEK" develops non-intrusive
asset health monitoring sensor systems for the oil and gas market to help
operators track the thinning of pipelines and refinery vessels due to
corrosion/erosion, strain due to bending/buckling, and process pressure and
temperature. FOX-TEK's FT fiber optic sensor and Pinpoint systems allow
cost-effective, 24/7 remote monitoring capabilities to improve scheduled
maintenance operations, avoid unnecessary shutdowns, and prevent accidents and
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