Electronic Components
Miniaturized Electronic Devices as Medical Therapeutics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Supplies, Diagnostics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Implants & Prosthetics, Patient Monitoring on Monday, 18 April 2016
Ada Poon, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, is pioneering research to develop electronic therapies to heal the body from within, working to add control and feedback for a closed-loop system that could improve therapeutic outcomes. These new electronic devices, which can be programmed to respond to the body’s feedback and modulate their own effects after implantation, are called electroceuticals.
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Selecting the Right Vent to Extend the Lifetime of Electronic Components in Vehicles
Posted in White Papers, Electronic Components on Friday, 15 January 2016
Electronic components are rapidly replacing mechanical parts in automobiles. Suppliers must protect these electronic components from harsh contaminants and temperature fluctuations, to ensure reliable performance. Selecting the right venting solution can help to extend the life of the electronic component.
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EADIN Lite Communication Network
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Monday, 30 November 2015
DEC is part of the Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) project under the Advanced Aeronautics research program. John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio The distributed engine controls (DEC) task seeks to investigate the capabilities of a distributed network for aircraft engine controls. Traditional aircraft engine control systems use analog systems to communicate with sensors and actuators. The ability to upgrade an engine after manufacture, by swapping out sensors or actuators, is limited due to the analog signal component. Digital signals do not have this limitation, and additionally they do not require dedicated cabling, which may decrease engine weight. To understand the interactions between a new digital network and the engine controller, a representative model of the networks is required.
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Iris DSN-Compatible, CubeSat-Compatible Transponder
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Monday, 30 November 2015
RF portions are combined with FPGA processing inherited from prior systems, which opens up a series of new possibilities. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California No CubeSat-compatible, Deep Space Network (DSN)-compatible communications and navigation transponder exists at the time of this reporting. In order for CubeSats and other small spacecraft to go into deep space, a DSN-compatible capability is needed.
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Cockpit Avionics Upgrade Display Atlas, Generic Display Software, and Electronic Procedure System
Posted in Briefs, Electronic Components on Monday, 30 November 2015
This computer training system uses nine screens to mimic avionics controls. Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas Modern avionics permit user interfaces on spacecraft to be performed on computer screens instead of with physical controls. This saves a great deal of weight; however, it presents challenges with representing all the various controls and gauges as well as flight procedures and data on the limited screen real estate available in a practical cockpit.
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Multi-Frequency, THz Quantum Cascade Laser Source
Posted in Briefs, TSP, Electronic Components on Monday, 30 November 2015
THz sources are used in receivers for terrestrial commercial applications such as imaging, and space science applications such as sensing and spectroscopy. John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio Interest in the use of THz detectors outside the laboratory for space, atmospheric, and terrestrial applications has grown immensely in the past half-century. Of particular interest in recent years is the development of the quantum cascade laser (QCL) as a THz frequency source.
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Avionics/Electronics Box Rail Mount System
Posted in Briefs, Electronic Components on Monday, 30 November 2015
Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama There is limited space available to install numerous avionics boxes with the caveat that each box is a line replacement unit (LRU). Access to enable the removal of the boxes is limited, and it is critical that no tools and/or loose parts exist to ensure that no damage is done to aft-located components. Boxes are mounted on pallets and secured by captive screws with a tool. Most installation/removal requires two technicians.
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