This document defines performance standards which fiber optic cable splices must meet to be accepted for use in aerospace platforms and environments.
Aerospace fiber optic cables frequently need to be spliced, both for original installation and for repair. Standards exist for mechanical splices in fiber cables, but none has yet been created for fusion spliced cables. Fusion splices can offer superior performance in inswertion loss, return loss, and mechanical and environmental stability, suitable for long-term/permanent installation in aircraft. The industry needs agreed-upon performance standards for fiber optic cable fusion splices in aerospace service.