Application Briefs

Linear Stage Brings Speed and Precision to Semiconductor Inspection

With some of the most demanding quality control regimens of any industry, semiconductor manufacturers use a variety of sophisticated metrology instruments to inspect wafers at each production step. All of these instruments have something in common: They simply will not function without precision motion stages.

Posted in: Semiconductors & ICs, Applications, Motion Control, Application Briefs

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Satellite Sensors Produce Aerial Images of Hurricane Sandy

NASA’s Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) is one of five instruments currently in use by the National Polar- Orbiting Operational Environment Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project. FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology was commissioned by NASA to design and develop two cryogenic load cells to operate aboard the satellite.

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Video Wall Displays High-Resolution Images from JPL Rovers

Wilshire Media Systems, a division of Wilshire Home Entertainment, will allow NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to display ultra-high-resolution images from its active missions across the solar system — including images coming from the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity or the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Controller Boards Bring 12-Monitor Video Wall to the Track

The P.A. People, specialist contractors within the audio-visual systems sector, were commissioned by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to deliver a large-scale video wall for access to critical information, including race and driver details, weather forecasts, and closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage.

Posted in: Features, Application Briefs, Imaging

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Solar Powered UAVs

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has been increasing worldwide as demands for agile, rapid, targeted response forces have grown. UAVs provide surveillance and detection capabilities to these smaller forces that are unmatched by other technologies. As the reliance on UAVs increases, the short endurance times of existing UAV solutions become a significant factor. Existing commercial solutions have endurance ranging from 45 minutes to 4 hours, limiting both operational range and loiter capabilities. To increase endurance, UAV manufacturers have begun to target technologies ranging from increased performance batteries, improved control algorithms, fuel cells and other alternative power sources. While solar powered UAVs have long been a desired goal, existing solar technologies have characteristics that have made solar integration difficult and limited their integration.

Posted in: Applications, Photonics, Application Briefs

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Bearing Keeps Spectrometer Stable in Telescope

How do you collect data from stars thousands of light years away while positioning a 300-ton, 10-meter telescope to within a fraction of a human hair? You use a high-tech spectrometer called MOSFIRE (Multi-Object Spectrometer For Infra-Red Exploration), rotating on a custom bearing.

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NASA Uses GPUs to Build More Vivid Flight Simulators

Nearly everyone is familiar with terms like 20/20 vision, but what does that mean when it comes to developing a flight simulator?

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