Application Briefs

Torque Sensors Provide Force Feedback for Robotic Applications

Torque sensing technology ATI Industrial Automation Apex, NC 919-772-0115 ATI Industrial Automation is developing multi-axis, force/torque sensing technology to be used in space exploration, including future Mars missions. Currently under development, the new technology will enable fabrication of a force/torque sensor for the Mars rover’s robotic arm. Sensor feedback allows the arm to guide its coring tool into rocks, and then safely place the rock samples in the rover’s canisters.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors


Heat Pipe Assembly Passes NASA Hypersonic Tests

Embedded heat pipe assembly Thermacore Lancaster, PA 717-569-6551 A Thermacore heat pipe assembly recently completed testing at the NASA Ames Arc Jet Complex, operating at very high temperatures in a hypersonic leading-edge simulation.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Manufacturing & Prototyping


Liquid Flow Sensor Launches into Space

LS16 liquid flow sensor Sensirion Westlake Village, CA 805-409-4900 A liquid flow sensor from Sensirion will measure the impact of microgravity on the effectiveness of liquid flow. Among other potential findings, the project aims to shed light on the effects of weightlessness on the circulatory system.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors


Laser Scribing of Photovoltaic Materials

Solar technologies use the sun’s energy to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling, for homes, businesses, and industry. Despite sunlight’s significant potential for supplying energy, solar power provides less than 1% of U.S. energy needs.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, Photonics


Submersible Pressure Transducer for Tank Fluid Level Monitoring

Monitoring the level of liquid can be accomplished through the use of a pressure transducer. The density of the liquid and its height create pressure on the diaphragm of the pressure transducer to generate an accurate and cost-effective level measurement. Generally, pressure transducers can be used for level measurement from 10 inches of water column up to 10,000 PSI (700 bar).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control


Lithium-Ion Batteries Critical to Mars Spacecraft

Lithium-ion batteries Yardney Technical Products East Greenwich, RI 401-471-6599 On November 18, 2013, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft was launched into space to begin its ten-month journey to Mars. The spacecraft is being powered by a combination of solar arrays and two advanced, space-qualified, 28-Volt, 55-Ah Yardney lithium-ion batteries.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Energy, Energy Storage


EZVI Technology Cleans Up Contaminants at Kennedy Space Center

Jacobs Engineering Group Pasadena, CA CORE Engineering and Construction Winter Park, FL A groundwater technology developed at Kennedy Space Center was used to treat subsurface contaminants near one of the center’s buildings: the Reutilization, Recycling and Marketing Facility (RRMF).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Green Design & Manufacturing


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