FAZ is developing a variety of optical sensing solutions which includes:
The FAZT Vx and FAZT Ix family of optical interrogation platforms built upon a semiconductor tunable laser that can be packaged for a variety of harsh operational environments.
A portfolio of next generation optical sensors built by FAZ and FAZ 3rd party partners for: optical mass flow measurements; multi-species gas detection; temperature, pressure, acoustics, vibration, sheer, and strain.
A suite of web and cloud enabled software applications for the display, management, and tracking, and data mining of 1,000s of sensors and hundreds of interrogators based on specific market applications and functions.
FAZ has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for a number of technology development programmes for next generation launchers, and on-board satellite health monitoring. The on-board satellite health monitoring programme is a particularly challenging programme that requires complex engineering for the harsh environments experienced by geo-stationary satellites. Extensive testing will be conducted to test the system to withstand high levels of radiation, vacuum, vibration and thermal testing.
Key features of the system are:
|Parameter||FAZT Vx||FAZT Ix||Units|
|Absolute wavelength accuracy||+/- 1||+/- 1||pm|
|Wavelength repeatability/noise level||<0.01||<0.02||pm|
|Temperature absolute accuracy||+/-0.1||+/-0.1||°C|
|Strain absolute accuracy||+/- 1||+/- 1||µ€|
FAZ Technology has established an extensive portfolio with Enterprise Ireland through ESA programmes:
- GSTP4 High speed tunable laser interrogator for spacecraft health monitoring;
- GSTP5.1 Development of an ultra-high sensor count optical interrogator array;
- FLPP2.2 Digital avionics architecture on on-board computer and photonics;
- ARTES5.2 Hybrid Sensor Bus (HSB) for telecommunication satellites.