Application Briefs

Precision Measurement and Inspection Ensure Quality of SLS Rocket Panels

Reverse engineering and inspection software
Verisurf Software
Anaheim, CA
714-970-1683
www.verisurf.com

In spaceflight, the first eight minutes are critical. This is when the greatest opposing forces of thrust and gravity are impacting the launch vehicle. The new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will weigh 5.5 million pounds at liftoff, or roughly the weight of eight fully loaded 747 jets. Everything comes down to weight and the integrity of design and fabrication to insure success. Today, it costs $10,000 to send one pound of payload into orbit; since the entire launch vehicle makes the trip to low-Earth orbit, its net weight is a big consideration. The lighter the launch vehicle, the greater the payload can be.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Lasers & Laser Systems, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Mathematical/Scientific Software, Software, Manufacturing processes, Inspections, Launch vehicles
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System Concept Studies Will Aid NASA in Asteroid Redirect Mission

SSL 1300 commercial satellite bus
Space Systems/Loral
Palo Alto, CA
650-852-4000
www.sslmda.com

NASA continues to advance the journey to Mars through progress on the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. This includes advanced Solar Electric Propulsion — an efficient way to move heavy cargo using solar power, which could help pre-position cargo for future human missions to the Red Planet.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Research Lab, Robotics, Solar energy, Human factors, Robotics, Spacecraft
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Data Recorders Prepare Orion for Splashdown Test

Data recorders and software
Diversified Technical Systems (DTS)
Seal Beach, CA
562-493-0158
www.dtsweb.com

It’s no simple task to travel 3,600 miles into space, blaze back through Earth’s atmosphere at 20,000 mph with temperatures approaching 4,000 °F, and then splash-land into the Pacific Ocean. That’s why NASA spent three years dropping the 18,000-pound mockup of the Orion space capsule into a special test pool wired with hundreds of sensors, strain gauges, and accelerometers to measure stresses and structural integrity, as well as the safety of future astronauts onboard.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement, Event data recorders, Flight tests, Spacecraft
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3D Vision System Aids 560-Mile Piloted Drive

Audi completed a long-distance test drive of its Audi A7 Sportback semi-autonomous concept vehicle, finishing the journey at the International CES 2015 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The “piloted driving” — Audi’s take on combining autonomous driving with individual control — began in Stanford, California and ended two days and 560 miles later on January 6, 2015.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Imaging, Video, Automation, Sensors, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Road tests, Autonomous vehicles, Concept vehicles
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3D Volumetric Display Technology

The United States government spends a lot of money on its defense programs, investing in the training and technology necessary to arm and prepare the most advanced fighting force on the planet. The price tag for these efforts reached $581 billion in 20141 as various branches of defense continued to dedicate funds toward the research and development of innovative tools and technology.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics & Computers, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Visualization Software, Medical, Optics, Photonics, Simulation Software, Displays, Displays, Air traffic control, Traffic management, Military vehicles and equipment
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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, Imaging, Video, Data Acquisition, Displays, Displays, Spacecraft
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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, Electronics & Computers, Power Management, Semiconductors, Spacecraft
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Energy Efficiency in Machine Tools

Discussions of the efficient use of energy have become more frequent in many sectors of industry. Machine tools comprise numerous motors and auxiliary components whose energy consumption can vary strongly during machining. The main spindle drive, for example, and the coolant system work near their rated power during roughing with a high stock removal rate, while the power consumption during finishing is significantly lower. There is a very close interdependence between the individual components and subassemblies of a machine tool and aspects of productivity and quality. From a detailed examination of manufacturing processes to the power consumption of individual components, potential for savings can be evaluated and measures can be defined for the efficient use of energy.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Automation, Tools and equipment, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Materials handling, Milling
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Design and Analysis Software Ensures Safety of Launch Vehicle Structures

NX and Teamcenter® software
Siemens PLM Software
Plano, TX
800-498-5351
www.siemens.com/plm

One of ATK Aerospace Group’s current projects involves the Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS is the largest rocket ever built for entirely new human exploration missions beyond Earth’s orbit, and will take astronauts farther into space, eventually including missions to Mars. Its first flight is scheduled for 2017.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Software, Analysis methodologies, Design processes, Launch vehicles
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Tiny Camera Lets NASA Inspection Tool “See”

micro ScoutCam 1.2 micro camera
Medigus, Ltd.
Omer, Israel
011 972 8646 6880
www.medigus.com

NASA has incorporated the micro ScoutCam 1.2 into its Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool. VIPIR is a robotic, maneuverable, borescope inspection tool being tested as part of the Robotic Refueling Mission, an experiment on the International Space Station that has been demonstrating tools, technologies, and techniques for on-orbit satellite servicing since 2011.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Cameras, Imaging, Robotics, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Robotics, Inspections
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