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Intelligent Lighting System

The BrainLight series by EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) is an intelligent lighting system that allows the user to control both color and brightness, as well as create and save individual lighting patterns. At present the BrainLight series consists of a back light (BrainLight QC) and a ring light (BrainLight R). The back light has separately controllable rows of red, green, blue and white LEDs. There is a diffuser glass in front so the light spreads evenly over the object. All in all there are 48 LEDs, arranged in a grid. The size is 30 x 40 mm, but extra rows of LEDs can be added. The ring light has a RS232 or TTL UART interface and a +5V or 12-24V input voltage. The LEDs are separated into 8 segments each with 3 LEDs.

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Voyage to “New Horizons”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft traveled more than three billion miles over nine-and-ahalf years, reaching the Pluto system in July. The mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of Pluto.

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NASA Leads Development of System to Manage Drones

“The sky could become increasingly crowded as personal and commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, become more popular.” That’s the assessment of Parimal Kopardekar, manager of NASA’s Safe Autonomous Systems Operations project. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognize that a UAS traffic management (UTM) system for low-altitude airspace is needed.

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Editor's Choice: September 2015

A multi-functional, lightweight, aerogel-fiber composite laminate material was developed that features compressive strength, impact and acoustic energy absorption, thermal insulation, reduced heat transfer, and fire barrier properties. It can be used in both high- and low-temperature applications in aerospace, automotive, building materials, sporting equipment, and military protective gear. Find out more on page 37.

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Editor's Choice: September 2015

A multi-functional, lightweight, aerogel-fiber composite laminate material was developed that features compressive strength, impact and acoustic energy absorption, thermal insulation, reduced heat transfer, and fire barrier properties. It can be used in both high- and low-temperature applications in aerospace, automotive, building materials, sporting equipment, and military protective gear. Find out more HERE.

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Products of Tomorrow: September 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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Collaborative Robots Transform Traditional Assembly

Few production arenas are changing as quickly as small parts assembly. The electronics industry, in particular, has seen demand skyrocket past the supply of skilled labor. As conventional assembly methods diminish in value, manufacturers are finding it strategically and economically imperative to invest in new solutions.

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