Jun 10 2011

Optical Sensing in the America’s Cup

Published by at 9:26 am under General

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 Artemis Racing

Micron Optics is now the official technical supplier of optical sensing interrogators and sensors to the Artemis Racing team representing the Royal Swedish Yacht Club. The announced racing format includes wing-sailed multi-hulled AC45 and AC72 catamarans which will be the fastest and some of the most challenging class of catamarans raced in the America’s Cup to date.

Small, light-weight, optical sensors embedded directly inside carbon composites offer significant advantages to the team because they provide the capability to accurately monitor strain and load changes in real time. This data is critical to achieve maximum performance capabilities in the limited testing period as well as during the race. Catastrophic catamaran damage that might occur during gusty conditions such as broken masts or capsizes will take a team out of the competition, so the ability to measure the condition of the boat at all times is critical.

View this promotional video to see the Artemis Racing Team in action as they prepare for the America’s Cup.

The 34th America’s Cup includes the Louis Vuitton Cup July 13 - September 1, 2013 and the America’s Cup Match Finals September 7 - September 22, 2013.

-Andrew Peterson
Micron Optics Sales

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