Application Briefs

MEMS Mirror Will Aid Space-Based Imaging

Microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based deformable mirrorBoston Micromachines Corp. (BMC)Cambridge,

Boston Micromachines was awarded a Phase 1 NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to support space-based imaging research. The company is developing a reliable, fault-tolerant, microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based deformable mirror.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, MEMs, Mirrors, Imaging and visualization, Microelectromechanical devices

Imaging System Buckles Up Camera and Parking Sensor

For five years, Michael Lunoe, President of Zorg Industries, had been in need of a camera system that could identify objects and provide accurate distance from the rear of a vehicle.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Imaging, Sensors, Bumpers, fasciae and grilles, Imaging and visualization, Sensors and actuators, Collision warning systems

Software Helps NASA Develop Next-Generation Air Vehicles

PHX ModelCenter® softwarePhoenix IntegrationWayne,

Phoenix Integration’s PHX ModelCenter® software has been used by NASA to create a robust, physics-based design and analysis framework to be used early in the design process for the next generation of air vehicles. It works in conjunction with other NASA software, and has resulted in lower costs and reduced product development time because it is easy to use and effective in the early stages of design.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, CAD, CAM, and CAE, Design processes, Spacecraft

Multispectral Camera to Photograph Vegetation from the International Space Station

FluxData FD-1665 3CCD Multispectral CameraFluxData Inc.Rochester,

FluxData has launched a multispectral imager on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The FluxData FD-1665 3CCD Multispectral Camera technology is the basis of the International Space Station Agricultural Camera (ISSAC). In the upcoming months, the FluxData imager will be installed in the Window Observation Research Facility (WORF) by the crew onboard the ISS. ISSAC was developed by students and faculty of the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, ND in support of their Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) research efforts. ISSAC will take frequent multispectral images of vegetated areas on the Earth, specifically focusing on the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Imaging, Optics, Test facilities, Agricultural vehicles and equipment, Satellites

Making Machine Vision Systems Smarter

Machine vision technology is used extensively throughout manufacturing to improve product quality, increase productivity and reduce costs. One of the reasons for that is a machine vision system will work tirelessly on mundane repetitive tasks at high speed with great precision.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, ptb catchall, Photonics, Artificial intelligence, Imaging and visualization, Computer integrated manufacturing

Airfield Lighting Heated Lens

Kopp Glass, Pittsburgh, PA

Incandescent lamps have been used as the primary light source in airfield lighting designs for many years. With recent environmental awareness of the general population and government regulation forcing greater energy efficiency, the lighting industry is rapidly transitioning to the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs offer greater energy efficiency by using a greater portion of the input electrical energy for light output, thereby reducing the heat output generated due to electrical losses.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting

LED Wingtip Navigation Lighting

Honeywell, Phoenix, AZ

Airbus, Toulouse, France

Honeywell's light-emitting diode (LED) wingtip navigation lighting is now standard on new production Airbus A320 Family aircraft, comprising the A318, A319, A320, and A321. Honeywell’s LED wingtip navigation lighting lasts up to 40 times longer than current halogen technology, greatly reducing operator maintenance costs. Drop-in LED replacements make maintenance quicker and easier.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting

Software Helps NASA Design One of the Greenest Federal Buildings

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture and Autodesk® Revit® Structure softwareGeneral Dynamics SATCOMAutodeskSan Rafael,

NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA conducts critical research and development for the space agency, with a primary focus on supercomputing, networking, and intelligent systems. Recently, NASA Ames initiated work on the Sustainability Base, a $20.6-million facility designed to surpass standards for LEED Platinum™ sustainable design certification and approach net-zero energy consumption. When complete, it will be one of the federal system’s greenest buildings, and the first new NASA Ames facility in 20 years.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Green Design & Manufacturing, Software, CAD, CAM, and CAE, Sustainable development

Motors Keep Telescope Operating in Record-Low Antarctic Temperatures

At Concordia Station in Antarctica, there is a telescope mount that has been operating for a few years. Recently, there was a new record temperature at the Dome C site: -84.6 °C, or -199 °F. Not many things operate well in such conditions, but the telescope mount — which has to move continuously — used for scientific studies by the Laboratoire Universitaire d’Astrophysique de Nice (LUAN) is one of them.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Optics, Cold weather, Thermal management, Mountings

Robots and Vision Combine for Accurate Sheet Metal Cutting

In the general construction industry, many different parts are cut from sheet metal and then welded together on a large machine or vehicle. The trouble arises when the sheets are placed on the cutting table; the larger and heavier they are, the more difficult they are to position on the table. Without proper alignment, the sheet is likely to be cut outside acceptable tolerances, which results in waste and has a negative impact on the welding process. When sheets vary along the X, Y, and Z axes, the issue of exact positioning becomes even more problematic.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Calibration, Imaging and visualization, Cutting, Robotics, Metals, Construction vehicles and equipment

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