Application Briefs

Cryogenic Supply System Protects Crews from Hazardous Gases

The Cryogenic Refuge Alternative Supply System (CryoRASS), and a smaller liquid air-filled backpack under development at NASA Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Biomedical Lab, have the potential to store more than twice the amount of breathable air than traditional compressed gas systems.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Medical, Life support systems, Medical, health, and wellness, Gases


NASA Selects “Game-Changing” Thermal Management Concept

Thermacore was recently selected by NASA Space Technology’s Game Changing Development Program to have one of its thermal management concepts evaluated for potential use in future spacecraft.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Materials, Thermal management, Supplier assessment, Materials identification, Spacecraft


Air-Data System Detects Aircraft Icing

Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) has begun work on a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with NASA’s Langley Research Center. The contract, “RIDES: Raman Icing Detection System,” extends MAC’s present aircraft-based optical airdata system technology — which uses ultraviolet laser light to measure air speed, direction, temperature, and density — to also detect conditions aloft when ice is likely to form, enabling a multi-hazard sensing capability.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aviation, Detectors, Sensors, Air data computers, Lasers, Cold weather, Icing and ice detection


Ophthalmology Imaging: The Importance of Color Reproduction

Lumenera recently partnered with an ophthalmology diagnostic device manufacturer that required a camera for integration into its product. The goal was to obtain sharp retinal fundus images with accurate color reproduction for documentation, sharing, and storage of their results. A date stamp was also needed for later review and diagnosis.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Imaging and visualization


Vision-Based Robot Design Wins NASA Test Course Challenge

As part of a NASA test course challenge, Teledyne DALSA engineered a winning Miniature Autonomous Roving Vehicle (MARV), earning the company a $350M contract with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Robotics, Design processes, Imaging and visualization, Robotics, Autonomous vehicles


NASA-Funded Research Converts Waste Heat to Electricity

Scientists have long attempted to convert the enormous amounts of waste heat generated by power plants, data centers, and cars into electricity via thermoelectric power generators (TEPGs). Scientists know how to convert waste heat into electricity. The problem is how to do so in an efficient manner using a material that justifies the cost of the conversion process.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Renewable Energy, On-board energy sources, Waste heat utilization, Cost analysis


Software Tool Analyzes C/C++ Code

GrammaTech, a software developer specializing in software assurance tools and cybersecurity technology, received an award from NASA to prototype a specification editing and discovery tool (SPEEDY) for C/C++ code analysis.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Computer software and hardware, Product development, Test equipment and instrumentation


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