This paper details an experiment using MSP, embedded into the matrix of carbon fiber beams, to locate predetermined damage in each sample. The fabrication process of the composite samples and the development of the data acquisition system used for this experiment are heavily detailed, including our method of implementing a live data feed with variable "snapshot" recording. Also included are preliminary results from the experiment. These preliminary results suggest credible flaws and lead to improvements in the fabrication process. This work identifies potential obstacles when fabricating composites embedded with MSP and proposes possible solutions.© (2011) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.