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Military Sensor Inspires Instrument to Search for Life on Mars

This artist’s rendition shows how BILI could operate on Mars. (NASA) A sensing technique used by the U.S. military currently to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could “sniff” for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system.

Posted in: News, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement

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Products of Tomorrow: November 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

Posted in: Products, Solar Power, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Sensors, Test & Measurement

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Temperature Monitors

Measurement Computing, Norton, MA, offers the TC-32 and TC-32- EXP temperature monitors for thermocouple (TC) measurement. Providing both Ethernet and USB ports, the TC- 32 provides 32 channels of 24-bit resolution for medium channel installations, and the TC-32-EXP adds 32 high-precision channels to support larger installations. They feature sigma-delta 24-bit ADCs, differential inputs, TC-to-host isolation, and cold-junction compensation (CJC) for each channel.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

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Oscilloscopes

Teledyne LeCroy, Chestnut Ridge, NY, introduced HDO9000 high-definition oscilloscopes with HD1024 high-definition technology. Features include OneTouch user interface, 15.4" capacitive touchscreen, 10- bit resolution, bandwidths of 1 GHz to 4 GHz, and sample rates of 40 GS/s. Users can perform all common operations with a touch of the display.

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Semiconductor Test System

Marvin Test Solutions, Irvine, CA, released the TS-960e PXI Express semiconductor test platform that features test capabilities for RF devices and SoC applications. It features 256 125-MHz digital I/O channels with per-pin-PMU, and multiple RF and analog test instruments in a single, 21-slot PXIe chassis. It incorporates the GX5296 digital subsystem, software test suite, and RF instrumentation option.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Semiconductors & ICs, Test & Measurement

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Load Frame

To facilitate materials testing on the mesoscale, Psylotech, Evanston, IL, offers the TS™ modular platform that validates material models across 6 orders of magnitude of force and length scales. Users can discern NIST-traceable stress and strain readings ranging from soft tissue to macro-scale composite layups. Force capacities are available from 100N to 10kN, with a local displacement sensor to minimize measured compliance and verify global specimen strain.

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Measurement System

KAMAN Precision Products, Colorado Springs, CO, offers the digiVIT non-contact position measuring system for monitoring movement, position, vibration, alignment, or deflection. The eddy current sensor for position/displacement/ proximity sensing features a self-tuning bridge that eliminates the need to connect to a PC to download a configuration file when changing sensors or doing high-level calibrations. All functions can be accessed through four pushbuttons on the front panel.

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