Application Briefs

Crew Test Module Provides Launch Escape System

New Shepard rocket-propelled vehicle

Blue Origin Kent, WA 253-872-0411

Blue 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, Rocket engines, Evacuation and escape, Spacecraft

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

SAIC 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, Computer software and hardware, Data management, Product development

IT Services Support NASA Scientists and Engineers

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

DB 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, Computer software and hardware, Maintenance, repair, and service operations

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

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, Design processes, Optimization, Supplier assessment, Productivity, Chemicals, Test equipment and instrumentation

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

Shopping Plaza Parking Lot Lighting-Retrofit

BetaLED, Sturtevant, WI

A Manchester, NH T.J.Maxx shopping plaza parking lot has been retrofitted with BetaLED luminaires. CBT Development of Greenland, NH was incurring high costs for parking lot maintenance from frequent lamp replacement in high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) fixtures. While poor power quality was causing the premature lamp failure, the developer was ready to replace the 25-year old luminaires with new, efficient technology. The parking lot covers approximately 151,000 square feet and has 385 parking spaces.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Industrial Lighting, Lighting

Space Suit Simulator Aids Astronaut Training Procedures

Extra-Vehicular Activity Space Suit Simulator (S3)Aurora Flight SciencesCambridge, MA703-396-6304

Aurora 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).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Computer simulation, Education, Education and training, Spacesuits

Software System Manages NASA’s Engineering Review Process

Engineering Review Board Information System (ERBIS)a.i. solutionsLanham, MD301-306-1756

Managing the people, data, and activities associated with NASA’s Engineering Review Process (ERP) presents challenges to engineers and mission planners. The ERP generates paperwork, involves the coordination of Engineering Review Board (ERB) members, and requires complete and careful documentation of engineering issues, in progress and resolved. Essential to any process is the ability of a user community to capture, store, and retrieve information. The type of information generated throughout the ERP builds the database of information that enables metrics to be established and lessons learned to be tracked.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Computer software and hardware, Data management, Documentation, Systems engineering, Total quality management, Spacecraft

Using Optical Encoders to Improve Camera Phone Zoom Lens Accuracy

A wide range of commercial applications use cameras with a zooming mechanism. Perhaps the most ubiquitous is the camera phone. Camera phones may have an optical zoom, a digital zoom, or both. What’s the difference? An optical zoom actually changes the effective focal length of the camera lens such that the original image is magnified and could be captured by the image sensor (CCD or CMOS). With greater magnification, the light is spread across the entire image sensor and all of the pixels can be used. An optical zoom could be interpreted as a true zoom that will improve the quality of pictures captured.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, ptb catchall, Photonics, Imaging and visualization, Optics, Sensors and actuators

The U.S. Government does not endorse any commercial product, process, or activity identified on this web site.