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Products of Tomorrow: February 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.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Data Acquisition, Detectors, Sensors

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NACA to NASA: 100 Years of Aeronautics Innovation

Streamlined aircraft bodies, quieter jet engines, techniques for preventing icing, drag-reducing winglets, lightweight composite structures, and so much more are an everyday part of flying thanks to NASA research that traces its origins back to the earliest days of aviation.

Posted in: Articles, Aviation

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NACA Technology: Then and Now

“Be patient, if you want to see the concrete benefits of space research. I am confident that the benefits are there. We at NASA have been given a big job— planning and executing the nation’s civilian space program. But I would first like to dispose of a question that is asked of me quite often: Why venture at all into the unknown, towards the Moon, the planets, and then towards the stars so far beyond? One answer was given by Tsiolkowsky, the 19th century scientist who Russia considers the grandfather of space. It was that the Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot live forever in a cradle.”

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Tech Briefs Interview: NASA’s Kathy Lueders

At the annual meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in Detroit on January 14, 1959, NASA’s first Administrator, Dr. T. Keith Glennan, said: “I can imagine a remote future when spaceflight, in some form, might become nearly as commonplace as air travel is today.”

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Video Wall Monitors Space Station Science

Clarity™ Matrix LCD Video Wall System Planar Systems Beaverton, OR 866-475-2627 www.planar.com A Clarity Matrix video wall system was installed at NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center (POIC) at Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to monitor and manage science being conducted on the International Space Station (ISS). The POIC has been operational since 2001 and, during that time, flight control and other center personnel have monitored and managed ISS mission progress using a mix of large-scale computer monitors and a complement of large-scale projection screens to view ISS activities and share information. In the newly renovated POIC, a video wall of 24 displays has been installed in front of and above the flight control positions. Operational since mid-2013, the video wall provides capabilities that enhance collaboration among the ground team and enable them to more efficiently help the ISS crew and researchers around the world to perform science on station.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Video, Data Acquisition

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Power Management System Keeps SpaceCube Flying

UltraCMOS®-based power management card Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. San Diego, CA 858-731-9400 www.psemi.com Selected for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s SpaceCube 2.0 Hybrid Science Data Processor, Peregrine’s UltraCMOS®-based power management solution is delivering uninterrupted high performance while meeting the radiation-hardened and extreme-temperature requirements on the International Space Station. The regulators feature integrated switches that help the design team meet its goals of delivering order-of-magnitude improvements in on-orbit computing performance over traditional flight computing systems.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Power Management

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Testing Devices Garner Data on Insulation Performance

A NASA-developed instrument tests insulation for everything from racecars to refrigerators. According to James Fesmire, senior principal investigator of the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, “When we talk about cryogenic tanks and deep spacecraft protection, we can easily talk about hot water heaters and engine compartments for NASCAR at the same time.”

Posted in: Articles, Measuring Instruments

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