Application Briefs

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

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, Motion Control, Test equipment and instrumentation

Embedded Vision System Increases Inspection Capabilities

Food manufacturers are held to strict agency regulations regarding product quality and consistency. Repeatable visual inspections are critical to ensure consumers receive a consistent and safe product. As regulations have increased, machine vision technology has become more intelligent to follow suit — a trend that some machine builders are using to their advantage.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Automation, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Quality assurance, Inspections

Implementing Rack-Level I/O Consolidation

The desire to consolidate datacenter I/O has existed for several decades. It has been driven by I/O hardware providers who didn’t want to develop multiple versions of the same I/O card for different computer busses, and by end-users who did not want to stock multiple cards, as well as manage different fabrics with different tools. The problems that I/O consolidation needs to solve are:

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Displacement Sensors to Monitor Valve Health and Prevent Rocket Engine Test Failures

Eddy-current displacement sensorsLion PrecisionSt. Paul, MN651-484-6544

Stennis Space Center, NASA’s Mississippi-based headquarters for testing space vehicles’ rocket propulsion systems, will work in cooperation with displacement sensor manufacturer Lion Precision to develop a smart sensor and associated communication protocols that monitor both valve position and wear. The facility enables the testing of rocket engines and rocket engine components while holding them stationary.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Valves, Rocket engines

NASA Satellite System Ground Segment to Receive Update

Ground system telecommunications architectureGeneral Dynamics C4 SystemsFalls Church, VA480-441-3033

As part of its seven-year contract with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, General Dynamics C4 Systems will focus on making improvements to the ground system and network for NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) constellation.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Information Sciences, Architecture, Telecommunications, Satellites

LEDs Illuminate Major Bridge in China

Philips Lumileds, San Jose, CA

National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, CA

Abridge lighting project was recently completed in the Chinese city of Harbin, utilizing 1,288 linear floodlights containing 12,000 LUXEON Rebel Green LEDs from Philips Lumileds. The new lighting spanning the 1565-meter Songhuajiang Bridge over the Songhua River was designed and manufactured by Roled Opto Electronics Shanghai Co., Ltd., with LEDs and solution support supplied by Future Lighting Solutions.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting

All Aboard: Making (Light) Waves

Ocean LED, Nuneaton, UK

Proto Labs, Maple Plain, MN

Richard Sant, Chief Designer at OceanLED, sought a fast and flexible way to make low-cost, high-quality components for the firm’s latest LED lights. He found the answer with Protomold®, the rapid injection molding service from Proto Labs®. Sant worked with the company's Telford, UK location, which has a full manufacturing and sales facility.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting

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