Application Briefs

Semiconductor Laser Technology Chosen for Space LIDAR

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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lasers & Laser Systems, Semiconductors & ICs

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Crew Test Module Provides Launch Escape System

New Shepard rocket-propelled vehicle Blue Origin Kent, WA 253-872-0411 www.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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Test & Measurement

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Enterprise Systems Help Consolidate NASA’s IT and Data Services

Enterprise application and information technology services Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) McLean, VA 703-676-4300 www.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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers

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IT Services Support NASA Scientists and Engineers

Information technology services DB Consulting Group Silver Spring, MD 301-589-4020 www.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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers

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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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Diseases, Medical equipment and supplies, Surgical procedures, Robotics

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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.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Detectors, Sensors

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Warehouse Lighting-Related Energy Use Reduced by 87%

Digital Lumens, Boston, MA The lighting needs at the 460,000-square foot headquarters facility of Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc., a food distributor serving customers in 35 states, were recently re-evaulated. Like any large warehouse with 24x7 operations, this Conklin, NY facility bustles with activity across all shifts. Forklift operators zip back and forth through both ambient space and cold storage environments, which range from 70°F dry storage areas to 40°F refrigerated spaces to -20°F ice cream freezers. They rely on proper lighting to ensure safety and performance and until recently, the facility was illuminated with hundreds of 400W high-intensity discharge (HID) fixtures — a decade-old solution that resulted in under-lit spaces and poor-quality light.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Industrial Lighting, Lighting

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