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Fabricating Optical Mirrors for Use in Outer Space Measurements

There are many ways to manufacture an optic depending on the complexity of the component and the application. From choosing the best substrate, to detailing the numerous operations required to make the optic, all the while considering tight tolerances and other specifications. This article highlights the precision needed to successfully fabricate the mirrors for the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment’s (HETDEX’s) Visible Integral Field Replicable Unit Spectrographs (VIRUS) unit which was designed to measure dark energy in outer space.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Optics, Measuring Instruments, Mirrors, Measurements, Fabrication
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Making VR a NASA Reality

NASA researchers want to prove that a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift is not just a toy. Josh Kinne, a deputy project manager at NASA Langley Research Center, sees a future role for virtual and augmented reality in the agency’s research and development, CAD design, and data visualization efforts.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Optics, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Simulation Software, CAD / CAM / CAE, CAD, CAM, and CAE, Computer simulation, Virtual reality
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Editor's Choice: January 2017

The Convective Heating Improvement for Emergency Fire Shelters (CHIEFS) material can improve the performance of emergency fire shelters for wildland firefighters. The material is based on technology developed for planetary exploration mission heat shields. Fire shelters are the last resort for firefighters trapped by wildfires that block their escape routes. The CHIEFS system can withstand temperatures to 3000 °F. Click here to find out more.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace, Energy Harvesting, Materials
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NASA Tests New Jet Engine Design

NASA is helping the aircraft industry increase fuel efficiency with a new engine design. In its 8 × 6-foot wind tunnel, Glenn Research Center engineers are testing a new fan and inlet design, called a propulsor, that could increase fuel efficiency by four to eight percent more than the advanced engine designs airlines are beginning to use.

Posted in: UpFront, Aerospace
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New Stamping Technique Enables Printable Electronics

The next time you place your coffee order, imagine slapping onto your to-go cup a sticker that acts as an electronic decal, letting you know the precise temperature of your coffee. Engineers at MIT have invented a fast, precise printing process that may make such electronic surfaces an inexpensive reality. The stamp is made from forests of carbon nanotubes and can print electronic inks onto rigid and flexible surfaces. The stamping process should be able to print transistors small enough to control individual pixels in high-resolution displays and touchscreens. It could also offer a relatively cheap, fast way to manufacture electronic surfaces for as-yet-unknown applications.

Posted in: UpFront, Electronics
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Laser-Driven Light Source

Energetiq Technology (Woburn, MA) has introduced its 5th generation, ultra-bright, Laser-Driven Light Source (LDLS™), the EQ-77. The EQ-77 offers higher radiance and irradiance from a truly broadband white light source. The EQ-77 features a compact lamp house, with clean construction that ensures long life and ultimate stability. With a wavelength range from 170nm in the deep ultraviolet to >2µm in the near infrared, and a choice of dual-beam output or a single-beam output with retro-reflector, the EQ-77 is flexible for a broad variety of applications.

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Posted in: Products, Lasers & Laser Systems
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Diffuse Reflectance Probe

The Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) Diffuse Reflectance Probe (DR-Probe) measures 45° diffuse reflectance, enhancing UV-Vis and NIR spectroscopy results. The DR-Probe integrates a light source and collection optics into one unit. With the probe’s collection optics fixed in place relative to the light source, the measurement geometry is constant. An included standoff accessory ensures a consistent 40 mm focal length between the probe and the sample. The DR-Probe has rugged, all-metal construction for durability, and its 6W tungsten halogen bulb has a 10,000-hour lifetime.

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Posted in: Products, Optics, Photonics, Instrumentation
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CoaXPress Frame Grabber

Responding to the need to create a cost-effective, high-speed interface to fully leverage CXP cameras, BitFlow (Woburn, MA) has introduced the Aon-CXP single link CoaXPress frame grabber. The Aon is powerful enough to support camera speeds up to 6.25 Gigabits/second, which is almost twice as fast as USB3 and over six times the speed of current offerings of GigE Vision. While capturing video at those speeds, it is simultaneously sending control commands, triggers and up to 13 W of power over a single piece of 75 Ohm coaxial cable.

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Posted in: Products, Data Acquisition, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronics & Computers, Imaging, Video
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Ferrule Cleaner

Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC) (New Bedford, MA) has announced the addition of the US Conec IBC™ Brand Ferrule Cleaner MTP-16™ and IBC™ Brand Ferrule Cleaner PRIZM® MT / MXC to their cable assembly lines options. IBC™ Brand Cleaner MTP-16™ (Part # 17669) is a multifiber cleaner which cleans MTP-16™, TIA-604-5 compliant MPO connectors only. This cleaner can be used to clean both flat and angled MTP-16™ ferrules. The PRIZM® MT cleaning tool (Part # 15990) is designed specifically for use with US Conec’s PRIZM® MT lensed ferrule technology.

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Posted in: Products, Fiber Optics
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IoT Security Toolkit

Icon Labs (West Des Moines, IA) recently announced its Floodgate IoT Security Toolkit. The solution enables IoT edge devices to be easily and securely integrated with IoT cloud platforms, including Verizon’s ThingSpace IoT Cloud Platform, and provides security management for remote IoT devices from a single user interface. The new Icon Labs Floodgate IoT Security Toolkit provides connectivity to the cloud platform over a secure communication link for both normal device operation and for security management. The solution includes critical security countermeasures to protect the device from attack, intrusion detection to identify when the device is being attacked, and security management to respond to attacks.

Posted in: Products, Software
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