John C. Stennis Space Center

In the 1960s, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, all but hidden away in the piney woods of south Mississippi, built a reputation of excellence in testing the massive first and second stages of the Saturn rocket for the nation’s Apollo Program.

Posted in: Articles, Research Lab, Test & Measurement, Rocket engines, Test facilities, Spacecraft


3D Imaging Technology Changing the Way We Look at Things

Everywhere we look we are bombarded with 3D. It’s in movies, in-home entertainment, digital camcorders, gaming systems, laptops, and even in our labs. What is it about 3D that is so fascinating and what are some of the technology drivers that are determining its future?

Posted in: Articles, Features, ptb catchall, Photonics, Imaging and visualization


Creating 3D Terrain Maps from 2D Data

Disaster relief workers, border patrol officers, wildfire fighters, and many others need up-to-date information about what they will see when they enter an area, not just sketchy topographic maps that may be years out of date. For them, things change in a hurry, and high-resolution details may be critical to their mission success.

Posted in: Articles, Applications, Features, ptb catchall, Photonics, Cartography, Terrain


Addressing Trends in Analysis & Simulation Software

In our annual poll of executives in the Analysis & Simulation Software market, we asked our experts about growth in a struggling economy, how software is evolving, strides in high-performance computing, and the increasing use of simulation and analysis at all levels of the development process. Here’s more of what they had to say:

Posted in: Articles, Software, Computer simulation, Cost analysis, Market research


Electronics Category Winner

iPecs Michael Leydet, College Park Industries, Fraser, MIThe College Park Industries iPecs® (In telligent Prosthetic Endo-Skeletal Com ponent System) is a medical research device that will provide researchers with a tool to accurately measure human locomotion or gait parameters on users of lower limb prostheses. The iPecs measures forces and torsionmoments that can then be wirelessly transmitted in real time to a PC interface. This wireless capability of the iPecs will, for the first time, allow environmentally unencumbered re search to be conducted outside of the laboratory, providing insight into what a prosthesis user experiences on a daily basis.

Posted in: Articles, Electronics, Design processes, Electronic equipment, Product development


Consumer Products Category Winner

UVA+B SunFriend Karin Edgett, Washington, DC, and Shahid Aslam, Greenbelt, MDAbout 90% of non-melanoma and 65% of melanoma skin cancers are associated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the Sun. About 700,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and the numbers are rising despite the increased use of sunscreen. However, the good properties of vitamin D from sun exposure need to be maintained.

Posted in: Articles, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Exterior lighting, Design processes, Product development


Machinery & Equipment Category Winner

Hybrid Rotor Compressor for Natural Gas Extraction Jeremy Pitts and Pedro Santos, OsComp Systems, Boston, MANatural gas is a booming industry in the U.S. and represents a bridge energy solution to a renewable energy future. Unfortunately, the key piece of equipment — the compressor — that is being used to extract and process natural gas, uses technology that has re mained fundamentally unchanged in the last century.

Posted in: Articles, Automation, Design processes, Product development, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Test equipment and instrumentation


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