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Next-Generation Infrared Technologies Solve High-Speed Automotive Testing Challenges

Higher-speed IR cameras can improve design phase testing. Product research and development on internal combustion engines, brake rotors, tires, and high-speed airbags are just a few of the areas that truly benefit from high-speed, high-sensitivity thermal characterization testing. Unfortunately, traditional forms of contact temperature measurement such as thermocouples are not practical to mount on moving objects, and non-contact forms of temperature measurement such as spot guns — and even current infrared (IR) cameras — are simply not fast enough to stop motion on these high-speed targets in order to take accurate temperature measurements.

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Creating Advanced Dosimeters Requires Thorough Inspection of Small Components

The McMaster University students will launch the small satellite into low Earth orbit to study the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body. Recent advancements in space technology have resulted in space exploration becoming a rapidly growing field, and the desire for human space exploration is drastically increasing. Previous manned missions include flights to low Earth orbit (LEO), such as to the International Space Station (ISS); however, upcoming flights are planned to go beyond LEO, such as to asteroids and eventually Mars. A major consideration in such missions is that the space environment is significantly different from that of Earth, especially with respect to the radiation environment. This drastic difference results in concerns regarding radiation dose.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Test & Measurement

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Editor’s Choice: August 2016

A high-resolution, real-time, non-scanning 3D imaging laser system uses a simple lens system to simultaneously generate a 1D or 2D topographic profile of an object, surface, or landscape. The system has applications in remote sensing such as LiDAR mapping, and in machine vision and robotic vision. Find out more HERE.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace

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A Solar System Internet

NASA has taken a major step toward creating a Solar System Internet by establishing operational Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service on the International Space Station (ISS). The DTN service will help automate and improve data availability for space station experimenters, and will result in more efficient bandwidth utilization and more data return.

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Prizes Awarded in Sample Return Robot Challenge

Erica Tiberia is the sole member of a team that was one of five to qualify for the next level of competition. (NASA) Five teams took home prize money after completing Level 1 of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges prize program, the contest featured 18 teams of citizen inventors. Each winning team was awarded $5,000 for their success, and has earned a shot at Level 2 of the competition, which will take place Sept. 2-5. The challenge has a total prize purse of $1.5 million.

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Dr. Patrick Fink, Chief Technologist, Wireless Communication Systems Branch, Johnson Space Center, Houston TX

Dr. Patrick Fink, Chief Technologist, Wireless Communication Systems Branch, Johnson Space Center, Houston TX Dr. Patrick Fink leads technology development of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. The RFID technology will support NASA's efforts to track its various inventories on the International Space Station, from personal supplies to equipment components. A new smart container innovation, developed at Johnson Space Center, tracks individual items, regardless of placement.

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Making Sense from Sensors: How to Build a Sensor Fusion Engine

The presence of more than 1 billion sensor-rich smartphones and the intense interest surrounding the Internet of Things has drawn wide attention to all the potential and possibilities of sensor fusion engines. Availability of context data and general real-world data in digital format opens up many opportunities.

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