Features

Dr. Luz Marina Calle, Lead Scientist and Principal Investigator, Corrosion Technology Laboratory, Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Luz Marina Calle earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio University and shortly thereafter became a professor of chemistry at Randolph College in Virginia. In 1989, she was selected to participate in NASA’s Summer Faculty Fellowship program at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Her summer work at KSC continued for a decade while performing her duties as professor and chair of the chemistry department at Randoph College. In 2000, Dr. Calle joined NASA permanently. She now leads NASA’s Corrosion Technology Laboratory at KSC.

Posted in: Who's Who
Read More >>

Aircraft Modification and Integration Enables SOFIA to Fly

Aircraft and airborne system development and modification
L-3 Communications Integrated Systems
Waco, TX
254-799-5533
www.l-3com.com/is/

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Optics, Optics, Performance upgrades, Fixed-wing aircraft
Read More >>

Taking COTS to the Next Level in Vetronics Subsystems

Embedded vetronics (vehicle electronics) subsystems for rugged deployed ground vehicles have long benefited from the reduced risk, faster time to market, and long lifecycle support offered by COTS board vendors. Recent advances in open standards developments, namely the OpenVPX/VITA 65 specification that defines system-level interoperability profiles for VPX architecture boards and backplanes, promise to take the COTS model from the board to the subsystem level, enabling faster deployment of proven, standards-based fully integrated enclosures.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Electronic equipment, Integrated circuits, Architecture, Electronic equipment, Integrated circuits
Read More >>

Wafer-Level Lens Alignment

Over one billion cell phones with cameras are sold every year, and this number has been increasing annually at a rate of about 15 percent for the past 7 years. Approximately 80 percent of cell phones now have embedded cameras, with about 20 percent of new cell phones having two cameras – one on the back for taking photographs and one on the front for videoconferencing.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Photonics, Calibration, Downsizing, Optics, Optics, Assembling
Read More >>

NASA Reproduces a Building Block of Life in Laboratory

NASA scientists studying the origin of life have reproduced uracil, a key component of our hereditary material, in the laboratory. They discovered that an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces this essential ingredient of life. Pyrimidine is a ring-shaped molecule made up of carbon and nitrogen and is the basic structure for uracil, part of a genetic code found in ribonucleic acid (RNA).

Posted in: UpFront
Read More >>

High Heat Pumping Thermoelectric Device

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) introduces an updated version of the OptoCooler HV14 that enables assembly temperatures as high as 320°C. The RoHS-compliant OptoCooler HV14 module is a high heat pumping thermoelectric device designed for standard electrical power requirements.

Posted in: GDM, Products, Products, Energy, Thermoelectrics
Read More >>

A Designer's Carbon Calculator

Rocky Mountain Institute has released Green Footstep - a free online tool for architects, engineers, and developers, which reveals design targets to achieve carbon neutrality in building construction and retrofit projects.

Posted in: GDM, News, Products, Products, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases
Read More >>

ASDX Series of silicon pressure sensors

Honeywell Sensing and Control, Minneapolis, MN, has introduced the ASDX Series of silicon pressure sensors with pressure ranges of 15, 30, and 100 psi.

Posted in: Products
Read More >>

Reflective Switch Employed in Wind Turbines for RPM Sensing

The OPB732 Series long distance infrared reflective switch from TT electronics OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) has been employed in a 6kW wind turbine for RPM sensing. Placed at the turbine rotor, the switch is used internally to sense RPMs, and that data is then transmitted to a customer-accessible Web site via GPRS.

Posted in: GDM, Products, Products, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Wind Power, Lighting
Read More >>

Stepper Motor and Driver/Controller

The CRK Series five-phase stepping motors and drivers/controllers from Oriental Motor USA Corp. (Torrance, CA) have a built-in RS-485 controller package that controls up to 16 axes of motion. Five network communications rates of up to 115,000 bps can be selected. The controller can be operated in either direct command mode, standalone mode, or by selecting stored programs to run via I/O.

Posted in: Products
Read More >>

The U.S. Government does not endorse any commercial product, process, or activity identified on this web site.