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Editor's Choice: July 2015

NASA has developed a food bar for astronauts that replaces breakfast or lunch, and is nutritionally balanced, has a shelf life of at least two years, and can be rehydrated before eating, if necessary. The bars replace multiple food items that are usually combined to form a meal. Emergency relief organizations, food banks, and the military could all use the bars. Find out more HERE.

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IonoSTAGE Ensures Accuracy of Pilots’ GPS

FAA software relies on NASA-developed programs to help pilots avoid ionospheric storms. To permit safe and reliable aircraft navigation over North America using the Global Positioning System (GPS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), which improves the accuracy, availability, continuity, and integrity of GPS positioning enough to ensure its safe use by pilots to determine their locations. The early development of WAAS relied on software developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); particularly, the GPS-Inferred Positioning System (GIPSY) and the Global Ionospheric Mapping (GIM) software packages. More recently, the continued development of WAAS has relied on companion software also developed at JPL. The SuperTruth and IonoSTAGE packages allow the system to address the threat to accurate positioning posed by code delays and phase advances due to refraction in Earth’s ionosphere.

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Products of Tomorrow: July 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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NASA Releases Global Climate Change Projections

NASA has released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The data shows projected changes worldwide on a regional level in response to different scenarios of increasing carbon dioxide simulated by 21 climate models.

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RoboSimian Drives, Walks, and Drills

The ape-like RoboSimian robot, developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, took fifth place in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals. RoboSimian squared off against 22 other robots in the international robotics competition, which promoted the development of robots that could respond to disaster scenarios too dangerous for humans.

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Intelligent Back Light

EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) has introduced a new industrial back light in its BrainLight smart illumination series. The LEDs of the intelligent back light can illuminate in the colors red, green, blue and white. There is a diffusor plate in front of the LEDs so that the light spreads evenly over the object. All together there are 48 full-color LEDs arranged in a tight grid. The BrainLight QC is 30 x 40 mm in size and has an input voltage of +24V. It is modularly expansible, meaning LED rows can be added, depending on application. The customer can choose any of the four available colors and the LEDs can be switched on row by row. Light sequences can be programmed and played successively. To learn more, click here.

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Flexible Light Engine Material

Norlux (Elgin, IL) has introduced new NorFlex brand flexible continuous light engine material. The cuttable high-power LED circuits on a semi-rigid material provide 5x the lumen output of low power flex materials. Available on 200-400 ft. reels, the material is cuttable to maximize production flexibility. No special tools required! Most parameters are customizable – width, length, CCTs, LED spacing, power levels, custom components, etc. Both Constant-Current and Constant-Voltage versions are available. NorFlex circuits are designed to provide superior thermal performance, eliminating the need for big heat sinks. Suitable for fixtures with curved surfaces, low profiles or edge-lit. To learn more, click here.

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