Application Briefs

Optimized Machine Capability Through Mechatronics: Packaging for the Future

Mechatronics can be defined as the science to optimize the performance and capabilities of machines using a multi-domain synergistic design approach. It is also described as the combination of mechanical, electronic, computer, software, control, and systems de - sign engineering. Simply put, this concept enables machine builders to produce machines that produce the highest quality at maximum throughput. Additionally, it empowers manufacturers to make incremental improvements to existing assets to ultimately meet or exceed core key performance indicator (KPI) targets.

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Reverse Engineering Software Reduces Design Time of NASA UAV Engine Cowling

Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, needed to redesign the engine cowling of their Systems Integration Evaluation Remote Research Aircraft (SIERRA) to reduce drag and improve fuel economy. The SIERRA is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) routinely deployed for environmental collection missions over remote regions. To design a more aerodynamic cowling, NASA needed an accurate 3D CAD model, consisting of engine dimensions and cowling mounting specifications. Such a model didn’t exist because SIERRA’s engine is an off-the-shelf product.

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Springs and Couplings Keep Mars Science Laboratory Rover on Track

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover “Curiosity” is the biggest rover to roam the Red Planet, measuring almost the size of a standard car. The rover is expected to land on Mars this summer, joining Opportunity, which has been exploring the planet since 2004. Working with engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, Helical Products’ engineering team designed and manufactured both flexible couplings and machined springs for Curiosity.

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Collision-Prediction Capabilities to Improve NAS Integration

Collision avoidance radar Numerica Corporation Loveland, COM 970-561-2000 www.numerica.us The National Airspace System (NAS) is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment, and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air transportation in the United States and over large portions of the world’s oceans. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on next-generation improvements to the NAS, and both organizations will work to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s complex aviation system.

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Air Conditioning Cools Lunar Test Vehicles

NASA tests robotics for lunar electric rovers (LERs) and space exploration in remote locations, such as the Arizona desert, that closely simulate the terrain of the Moon or planets. The LER tests are conducted by a team of NASA engineers also known as the Desert RATS (Desert Research and Technology Studies).

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Robots Play Role in Future Aircraft Wing Production

KUKA Systems (Sterling Heights, MI), in conjunction with Bombardier Aerospace, has devised an innovative robotic cell for laying up dry carbon fiber material as a result of a national research and development project.

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Software Manages Mission Data from Saturn and Mars Exploration

ERDAS APOLLO Essentials - Image Web Server ERDAS Norcross, GA 770-776-3400 www.erdas.com The Italian Space Agency (ASI) is using ERDAS APOLLO to manage data collected from different space missions and deliver it for public consumption via a Web portal. ASI is collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA on the Cassini-Huygens, Mars Express, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) missions.

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