Developing and deploying advanced technologies for communications and aerospace avionics, lightweighting and specialty coatings requires high-quality, advanced avionics testing and measurement capabilities
Critical measurement capabilities, whether in product development, manufacturing or operations, are essential to ensure the reliability and quality of your mission-critical assets.
Luna's fiber optic sensing platforms, ODiSI and HYPERION, solve many of the industries' most challenging measurement needs, especially those related to the introduction of advanced lightweight composite materials and electrification. Specialized test instruments diagnose onboard fiber optic avionics networks with unmatched precision. Additionally, Luna's T-Gauge terahertz gauging systems deliver the precision and accuracy required for the manufacturing, non-destructive testing and maintenance of today's advanced military coatings.
Explore Key Solutions below for examples of Luna systems enabling the development and deployment of next-generation aerospace technologies.
Structural Test and Model Validation
The unique structures of composites materials require new tools for validating performance. Fiber optic sensing provides high definition strain and temperature profiling of composites throughout their manufacturing and integration process. The small size and distributed nature of fiber optic sensing provides in-situ characterization from coupon testing, curing process validation, component testing as well as structural testing with many advantages over the use of traditional strain gages.
Aerospace and Avionics Fiber Optic Test
With the military leading the drive towards complete onboard fiber-optic communications systems, the installation and maintenance of military and commercial avionics needs the ultimate in fiber optic testing and diagnostics. Luna offers the industry’s highest-resolution portable reflectometer with significantly enhanced capabilities to troubleshoot fiber assemblies in the field and precisely analyze IL and RL and precisely locate bad connections, fiber breaks and more.
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Quality Control
NDT and quality control are critical for aircraft and spacecraft. Voids, cracks, fatigue and density variations can result in downtime … or even disasters. Pulsed terahertz can be applied for high precision gauging of products in continuous manufacturing or in coating thickness measurement. Terahertz wavelengths penetrate through most non-conductive materials to reveal imperfections. Luna’s T-Gauge sensor increases efficiency in the manufacturing and maintenance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
High-Definition Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing
Fiber Optic Network Test
Distributed Network Analyzers (Reflectometers)
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WEBINAR: High-Resolution Non-Contact NDT with Terahertz Technology
Luna Innovations and Lockheed Martin Extend Partnership
In-Situ Temperature Monitoring for Better Thermoplastic Welding
Reliable bonding and joining of thermoplastic materials is a challenging and critical requirement. New in-situ monitoring technologies, based on high-definition distributed fiber optic sensors, are being used to provide real-time data for improved closed-loop control for induction welders.
Luna and Lockheed Martin Extend Partnership with $6M+ deal
An Introduction to High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensing
With the ever-growing demand for intelligent and autonomous systems, fiber optic sensing is becoming more essential as a test and measurement tool. High-definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) in particular is a powerful measurement technology that is disrupting how many engineers measure strain and temperature. This webinar will provide you with a firm grasp of how HD-FOS works and how you can put it to use in your research, development or manufacturing processes.
See What You’ve Been Missing with HD Fiber Optic Sensing
High-definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS) delivers new cutting-edge measurement capabilities and data not available with other technologies. This webinar will provide an overview of how HD-FOS works, where it can be applied, and how Luna’s ODiSI system can provide unprecedented data and insight.
Innovative Sensors for Inflatable Space Habitats
Luna is working on a research project in collaboration with NASA, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), and ILC Dover to develop an approach for structural health monitoring of inflatable space habitats using our innovative high-definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS).
Fiber Optic Sensing for Aircraft Overheat Detection Designed to Improve Safety
Luna Terahertz Sensors and Gauges Provide Blow Molding and Other Process Control Insights
Luna’s Terahertz (THz) measurement solutions were featured in the March 2021 issue of the Journal of Blow Molding, a publication focused on the manufacturing process for forming and joining together hollow plastic parts such as used in forming bottles or other hollow shapes and containers.
Embedding Fiber Optic Sensors for Active Feedback Control in Thermoplastic Welding
Portable High-Resolution Reflectometer for Field Maintenance Applications
The OBR 6200: Rugged, Portable Reflectometer for the Aerospace and Military Industries
Screen and locate faulty events in short fiber optic networks with sub-mm resolution – an innovative solution to a very complex and labor-intensive testing process.
Luna Innovations Acquires OptaSense
Upgrade Your Fiber Optic Diagnostics with Portable Ultra-High Resolution Optical Backscatter Reflectometry
This webinar will explain how portable OBR technology can locate and analyze issues and defects in fiber optic assemblies with submillimeter technology, and make very precise measurements of fiber optic latency and length
Terahertz Gauges Provide High Precision Measurements for Industrial Applications
This webinar describes how Luna's terahertz-based systems deliver real-time process measurements of multi-layer thickness and density that help manufacturers save raw materials and improve quality control.
Luna Introduces Only High-Definition Distributed Temperature Measurement System with Strain Compensation
Luna has optimized its ODiSI 6000 interrogator family and new sensor to drive next-level temperature profiling.
Boom Supersonic Deploys ODiSI System for XB-1 Prototype Testing to Build World’s Fastest Supersonic Jet
Benefits of Fiber Optic Sensing Versus Electrical Gages
Why do customers choose FOS over electrical gages? In this post we unpack why fiber optic sensing has overtaken electrical sensors. While electrical sensors have been the industry standard for over 80 years, they have limitations that make them a sub-optimal choice for many applications in which fiber optic sensors excel.
Luna Products Selected to Support NASA’s Orion Crewed Mission into Deep Space
Luna’s Corrosion Sensors Monitor Environment on Board Orion Spacecraft
Luna Reflectometers - An Indispensable Tool for PDV System Diagnostics
Luna’s optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) technology has facilitated PDV system development since the early days of PDV. The OBR 4600’s high spatial resolution reflectivity measurement and ability to characterize a complete optical path in one scan make it extremely useful as a diagnostic tool for PDV systems.
Luna Innovations Supplies Critical Laser Component for NASA's Navigation Doppler LiDAR
Luna announced that it has successfully designed, qualified, and built the RIO® narrow-linewidth semiconductor laser to be used in NASA's Navigation Doppler LiDAR system to safely land the next man and first woman on the moon in 2024.
Enabling Electrified Aircraft With Fiber
Luna Polarization Technology Helps Largest Radio Telescope in the World Measure 900mph Winds on Jupiter
Luna technology was used by an international team of astronomers who just measured Jupiter’s raging stratospheric winds for the very first time—and they used a 27-year-old comet to do it.
ODiSI Continues to Expand and Improve with Latest Software Updates
The recent release of Version 2.3.0 of the ODiSI application software continues the ongoing improvements in performance and functionality of the ODiSI high-definition distributed fiber optic sensing platform.
Terahertz Thickness Measurements = Sustainability
In celebration of Earth Day this month, Luna is recognizing our Terahertz sensors and solutions including Luna’s T-Ray product.
Luna Secures Follow-on Order with Lockheed Martin
Significant Multi-Unit Purchase Order for F-35
High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensing for Rocket Propulsion Testing
Luna Innovations along with our partner, Fabrisonic LLC, recently demonstrated SensePipe. SensePipe combines high-definition fiber optic sensors embedded into a section of piping using Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing technology allowing engineers to better understand fluid flow and the structural health of the piping in rocket propulsion systems.
Luna Secures Multi-Year Agreement with Northrop Grumman
Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ: LUNA), a global leader in advanced fiber optic-based technology, today announced that it has extended its existing relationship with Northrop Grumman by securing a new multi-year, multi-million-dollar agreement. The agreement includes an initial receipt of an over $3 million incremental, multi-unit purchase order for the OBR 6200 portable backscatter reflectometer.