This SAE Technical Report is an Aerospace Standard, compliant with the Organization and Operating Guide for the Aerospace Council of the SAE Technical Standards Board. It is consistent with the category (5) definition of an Aerospace Standard under Section 6.0, Technical Reports, in Paragraph 6.1.2. This document draws from, summarizes, and explains existing broadly accepted engineering best practices. This document defines the process and procedure for application of various best practice methods. This document is, specifically, intended as a standard for the engineering practice of development and execution of a link loss power budget for a general aerospace system related digital fiber optic link. It is not intended to specify the values associated with specific categories or implementations of digital fiber optic links. This document is intended to address both existing digital fiber optic link technology and accommodate new and emerging technologies. The proper application of various calculation methods is provided to determine link loss power budget(s), that depend on differing requirements on aerospace programs. A list of parameters is provided as guidance for aerospace fiber optics applications along with a check list to help assure that appropriate parameters and impairments have been accounted for in the link budget.
The aerospace industry requires precise standards for avionics system design. To ensure that the aerospace fiber optics industry also adopts these same high standards, it is essential that a common set of fiber optic system design procedures be established. This document outlines procedures needed for digital avionics fiber optic link system design that help to assure it complies with aerospace industry best practices.