Application Briefs

Semiconductor Laser Technology Chosen for

Single-frequency semiconductor laserRedfern Integrated Optics (RIO)Santa Clara, CA408-970-3500www.rio-inc.comNASA has chosen Redfern Integrated Optics to further develop a single-frequency, narrow-linewidth semiconductor laser suitable for spaceflight operation. RIO’s external-cavity semiconductor laser technology is based on the hybrid integration of an indium phosphide (InP) gain chip and a planar lightwave circuit (PLC) with Bragg gratings. Packaged in a standard 14-pin compact “butterfly” package, the laser is characterized by a single-frequency output in the 1550-nm spectral region with a linewidth less than 2 kHz, low phase noise, low relative intensity noise (RIN), and high immunity to vibrations in a wide range of operating temperatures.

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Crew Test Module Provides Launch Escape System

New Shepard rocket-propelled vehicleBlue OriginKent, WA253-872-0411www.blueorigin.comBlue Origin has received funding from NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) initiative to develop a composite crew test module and a launch escape system for its commercial spaceflight vehicle. The New Shepard system is a rocket-propelled, vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing vehicle designed to routinely fly multiple astronauts into suborbital space. In addition to providing the public with opportunities to experience spaceflight, the New Shepard system will also provide frequent opportunities for researchers to fly experiments into space and a microgravity environment.

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Enterprise Systems Help Consolidate NASA’s IT and Data Services

Enterprise application and information technology servicesScience Applications International Corp. (SAIC)McLean, VA703-676-4300www.saic.comSAIC was awarded the Enterprise Applications Service Technologies (EAST) contract by NASA to provide a broad range of information technology (IT) services in support of the NASA Enterprise Applications Competency Center. Work will be performed at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL.

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IT Services Support NASA Scientists and Engineers

Information technology servicesDB Consulting GroupSilver Spring, MD301-589-4020www.dbconsultinggroup.comDB Consulting Group provides NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, OH with a variety of professional, administrative, computational, and engineering services. These services are focused on the following areas: computer science, computer and software engineering, security, networking, application development, and Web services. The services support more than 3,000 scientists, engineers, technical specialists, skilled workers, and administrative professionals at GRC who focus on conducting mission-related research that ranges from technological advancements in spaceflight systems development, to the human research program, to research on aero propulsion, space propulsion, power systems, nuclear systems, and communications.

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Removing Digestive Tumors With a Therapeutic Endoscopy Teleoperation Robot

Endo Tools Therapeutics (ETT) is a medical device company based in Brussels, Belgium that was established in 2008. The company was formed after an innovative research project started in 2004 at Erasme Hospital (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and the faculty of engineering (Beams department, Université Libre de Bruxelles), based on the need for gastroenterologists to have more degrees of freedom when maneuvering an endoscope.

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Motion Components Optimize Performance of Liquid Chromatography System

Pricing pressures, intense competition, and strict regulatory demands  are challenging scientists and researchers  in the fast-growing, highly-regulated  pharmaceutical, life science, biochemical, industrial, and environmental industries to make important breakthroughs  faster and more efficiently.  Heightened productivity in scientific  labs has become paramount for companies to succeed. Waters Corporation, a  manufacturer of high-performance liquid chromatography instruments, mass  spectrometers, and thermal analyzers  and rheology instruments, understands  this pressure first-hand. As a major supplier to analytical laboratories around  the world, Waters is known for its constant commitment to providing innovative solutions that help customers better  understand the secrets of chemistry and  of life itself. 

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Space Suit Simulator Aids Astronaut Training Procedures

Extra-Vehicular Activity Space Suit Simulator (S3)Aurora Flight SciencesCambridge, MA703-396-6304 www.aurora.aeroAurora Flight Sciences has teamed up with professors Dana Newman and Jeffrey Hoffman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to develop an extra-vehicular activity (EVA) space suit simulator (S3).

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