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Heat-Flow Probe Design and Development

Applications include measuring heat flow on Earth, where optimal thermal isolation of heaters/temperature sensors is important. Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama The lunar regolith exhibits extremely low conductivity. Penetrating the regolith presents problems if the geo-technical properties of the regolith are not well understood and accounted for.

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Custom Surface Inspection System for Safety-Critical Processes

Researchers have engineered a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on a customer-specific basis and integrated into the production process. Before a workpiece leaves the production plant, it is subjected to rigorous inspection. For safety-critical applications such as in the automotive or aerospace industries, manufacturers can only use the most impeccable parts.

Posted in: News, Cameras, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Industrial Controls & Automation, Measuring Instruments

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New Laser Technology to Make 2020 Mission to Mars

NASA announced recently that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020. SuperCam, which builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA’s current Mars Mission, will allow researchers to sample rocks and other targets from a distance using a laser.

Posted in: News, Electronics, Lasers & Laser Systems, Photonics, Machinery & Automation, Detectors, Sensors, Measuring Instruments

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Envelope Tracking and Digital Pre-Distortion Test Solution for RF Amplifiers

The R&S®SMW200A together with the R&S®FSW is a state of the art testing solution that significantly reduces the required hardware for testing power amplifiers with envelope tracking and/or digital pre-distortion.

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Fundamentals of Vector Network Analysis Primer

One of the most common measuring tasks in RF engineering involves analysis of circuits (networks). A network analyzer is an instrument that is designed to handle this job with great precision and efficiency. Circuits that can be analyzed using network analyzers range from simple devices such as filters and amplifiers to complex modules used in communications satellites

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An Introduction to LED Capabilities

Developments in LED technology have created an even wider range of new applications. The LED industry is booming in part due to the introduction of high intensity blue LEDs and the use of white LEDs in aerospace and lighting engineering. Increased capability and application also creates increased demands on optical characterization of LEDs. In order to meet this increased demand for a reliable, high quality product, special technological capability is necessary in order to maintain precise results that can be reproduced. The purposes of this white paper are to provide an overview of the terms used in LED testing and development for LED metrology newcomers and experienced professionals alike. Additionally, it will provide a comparison of the equipment used in the LED industry as well as recommendations for applications and obtaining accurate measurement results.

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NASA Begins Engine Test of Space Launch System Rocket

Engineers are preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to space. They installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at Stennis Space Center. The Stennis team will perform developmental and flight certification testing of the RS-25 engine, a modified version of the space shuttle main engine. The SLS's core stage will be powered by a configuration of four RS-25 engines.

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