Application Briefs

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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Prototype Helps Astronauts Use Robot on International Space Station

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) material parts RedEye On Demand Eden Prairie, MN 866-882-6934 Wyle is a leading provider of high-tech science, aerospace engineering, and information technology services to the federal government on long-term outsourcing contracts. Wyle’s Integrated Science and Engineering Group in Houston, TX helped NASA prepare the Robonaut 2 (R2) dexterous robot.

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Data Acquisition System Monitors Lightning Strikes

Genesis HighSpeed data acquisition system and Perception software HBM Marlboro, MA 508-624-4500 www.hbm.com NASA Kennedy Space Center, based in Cape Canaveral, FL, has one of the highest rates of ground lightning strikes per square kilometer in the United States. In 2009, it was estimated that the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour launch pad area was struck a minimum of 11 times on the lightning mast and water tower, leading to costly launch delays. A spacecraft is vulnerable to lightning strike damage from the moment it emerges from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) until final launch. During this time, it is important to continuously monitor numerous points to identify any potential induced area lightning effects.

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Sensors Measure Vibroacoustic Shock During Launches

G-Link®, SG-Link®, WSDA®, and SensorCloud® wireless sensor components MicroStrain Williston, VT 802-862-6629 www.microstrain.com MicroStrain provided NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the wireless sensor technology to remotely monitor liftoff acoustics and vibration generated during the launch of both Endeavour and Atlantis space shuttles.

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Fine Laser Cutting Technology

Fine laser cutting is an ideal technology for specialized cutting requirements found in the manufacturing of medical tube tools and components. From surgical instruments used in cutting and biopsy, to needles containing unusual tips and side wall openings, to puzzle chain linkages for flexible endoscopes, laser cutting provides higher precision, quality, and speed than traditionally used cutting techniques. In addition, new laser cutting technologies are now coming to market, including a 5-axis motion package that gives the designer freedom to cut more challenging geometries in one pass.

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DC Motor Automates Patient Transfer Device

One of the growing problems facing nurses is a reduced staff, and with it the need to care for overweight patients with very little help. This effort has led to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) including back injuries. In fact, 12 percent of nurses leave the profession each year due to back injuries. Those working in nursing homes have an even higher rate of injuries. Until recently, moving a patient was performed manually or with minimal automation.

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