September 2013

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Researchers Build the World’s Smallest Autopilot for Micro-Aircraft

Researcher Bart Remes and his team at the Micro Aerial Vehicle Laboratory at the Delft University of Technology have designed, built, and tested the world’s smallest open source autopilot for small unmanned aircraft. A smaller – and lighter – autopilot allows these small...

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NASA Tests Thermal Dynamics of Dream Chaser Spacecraft

When Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft flies through the atmosphere, it will encounter a wide variety of environmental conditions. Any spacecraft traveling at hypersonic velocities must have a robust thermal protection system (TPS) to protect astronauts and cargo...

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Mini-Camera Gives Users Big-Picture View

A new type of miniature camera system promises to give users a big picture view without sacrificing high-resolution.

The new imager achieves the optical performance of a full-size wide-angle lens in a device less than one-tenth of the volume. The technology has a 100x range of focus, meaning it can...

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Engineers Build Carbon-Nanotube Computer

A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips.

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Particle Receiver Converts Sun's Energy to Electricity

Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with partner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling particle receiver to more efficiently convert the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale,...

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Researchers Propose Password in a Heartbeat

Researchers at Rice University have come up with a secure way to dramatically cut the risk that an implanted medical device (IMD) could be altered remotely without authorization.

Their technology would use the patient’s own heartbeat as a kind of password that could only be accessed through...

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'Wired Microbes' Generate Electricity from Sewage

Engineers at Stanford University have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage using naturally-occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal waste.

Question of the Week
Will 'Bodies on a Chip' Improve Drug Testing in the near Future?

A new bioprinting project, backed by $24 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, will attempt to 3D-print miniature human organs. The 2-inch "body on a chip" will test how the human body reacts to diseases, chemical warfare agents, and new drugs intended to defend against...

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Technology Enables Depth Perception Through a Single Lens

Researchers at Harvard have developed a way for photographers and microscopists to create a 3D image through a single lens, without moving the camera. The technology relies only on computation and mathematics — no unusual hardware or fancy lenses. The effect is the equivalent of seeing...

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Rover Camera Upgrade Could Improve Discovery on Distant Worlds

As smart as the Curiosity rover has been about landing and finding its own way on a distant world, the rover is pretty brainless when it comes to doing the science that it was sent 567 million kilometers to carry out. That has to change if future rover missions are to make...

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Stretchable Gold Conductor Grows Its Own Wires

Networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials may make the best stretchy conductors yet, engineering researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered. Flexible electronics have a wide variety of possibilities, from bendable displays and batteries to medical implants that...

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Resistive Memory Breakthrough Could Improve Portable Electronics

A team at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering has developed a novel way to build what many see as the next generation memory storage devices for portable electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops and digital cameras.

Products
Eurocard-Based Subrack Systems

Verotec (Derry, NH) supports the Eurocard standard with its KM6 family of subracks. For light and medium duty general-purpose applications, Verotec’s KM6-II, which meets the requirements of DIN41494 and IEC 60297, features two- screw fixing of all tiebars to give an exceptionally rigid assembly. It is available...

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Serial PCIe MiniCard

Diamond Systems (Mountain View, CA) has introduced a rugged, low cost 4-port multiprotocol opto-isolated serial port module in the popular PCIe MiniCard form factor measuring 30 x 51mm. The DS-MPE-SER4OPT offers 4 RS-232/RS-485 opto-isolated serial ports. Each port offers 16C550 compatibility and ultra-deep 256-byte TX/RX...

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Low-Voltage Power Supplies

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) has extended its GWS500 series power supplies with the addition of two low output voltage models: a 5V 80A and a 7.5V 67A unit. The GWS series is a 400W to 500W AC/DC, forced air-cooled power supply that achieves up to 90% efficiency. Featuring a 4.1 x 8.6 inch footprint and 1.6 inch...

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PCI Express® Digital I/O Module

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has announced the release of its new high-speed digital I/O module, the PCIe-7360, which supports up to 100 MHz data rate and 400 MB/s throughput, with parallel and bi-directional 32- channel high-speed I/O lines and 8-channel application function I/Os. Ideally suited to...

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Researchers Assess Snake Robot for Mars Exploration

SINTEF, an independent research organization in Scandinavia, will work to combine a rover and snake robot for Mars exploration. The researchers envision using the rover to navigate over large distances, after which the snake robot can detach itself and crawl into tight, inaccessible areas.

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Photonic Band Gap Material Steers Light in New Ways

A team of San Francisco State University researchers is the first to build and demonstrate the ability of two-dimensional disordered photonic band gap material, designed to be a platform to control light in unprecedented ways.

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Voyager 1 Ventures into Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from the sun.

Question of the Week
Will Biometrics Become a Must-have for Consumers?

Apple Inc. added a fingerprint scanner to its latest version of the iPhone, offering biometric security possibilities for workplaces or mobile commerce. Some analysts say that Apple's embrace of fingerprint scanning could lead to wider adoption and mainstream usage. Many laptops, external...

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Software Helps Stabilize Aircraft During Takeoff and Landing

One of the concerns about commercial aircraft is their stability on the ground during taxiing, takeoff, and landing. During these processes, planes must maintain stability under various operating conditions. However, in some situations, the aircraft landing gear displays unwanted...

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3D Earth Analysis Pinpoints Source of Earthquakes and Explosions

Under the sponsorship of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National have partnered to develop a 3D model of the Earth’s mantle and crust called SALSA3D, or Sandia-Los...

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Robot Moves Along Power Lines to Search for Damage

Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper...

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Researchers 3D-Print Interlocking Building Blocks

Purdue researchers are working with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop a technology for creating parts out of interlocking segments.

The building blocks could be in the shape of cubes, faceted tetrahedral, or other geometries, and may be created layer-by-layer using a 3-D printer....

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New Sensors Map Lightning Strikes

To better predict severe weather, a device developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has become a valuable tool in researchers' quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds.

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Bubbles Act As Lenses For Nanoscale Light Beams

Bending light beams to your whim sounds like a job for a wizard or a complex array of bulky mirrors, lenses and prisms, but a few tiny liquid bubbles may be all that is necessary to open the doors for next-generation, high-speed circuits and displays, according to Penn State researchers.

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Programmable DNA Glue Guides Self-Assembling Devices

A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has found a way to self-assemble complex structures out of bricks smaller than a grain of salt. The self-assembly method could help solve one of the major challenges in tissue engineering:...

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New Sensors Map Lightning Strikes

To better predict severe weather, a device developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has become a valuable tool in researchers' quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds.

Operating in the very low frequency (VLF) spectrum, Huntsville Alabama Marx Meter Array (HAMMA) sensors detect...

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Inflatable Antennae Gives CubeSats Greater Reach

"CubeSats,” and other small satellites, are making space exploration cheaper and more accessible: The minuscule probes can be launched into orbit at a fraction of the weight and cost of traditional satellites.

Question of the Week
Will Wearable Computing Become Mainstream?

Bluetooth HD earmuffs, made by activewear company 180s, will debut this fall. The Bluetooth product, which warms your ears while also hiding speakers and a microphone, is another example of wearable computing — a technology area that includes trendy devices like smartwatches and Google Glass. Many...

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Researchers Discover New Way To Trap Light

There are several ways to “trap” a beam of light — usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method to trap light that could find a wide variety of applications.

Products
Littrow Dispersion Prisms

Precision Glass & Optics (PG&O) (Santa Ana, CA) has announced a line of Littrow dispersion prisms for laser cavities and other optical systems, such as spectrographs. PG&O offers a wide range of coated and uncoated Littrow prisms featuring 30- 60- and 90-degree angles. Uncoated prisms are ideal for image (or...

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Autofocus Machine Vision Camera

IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) announced that it is shipping its new uEye™ XS, the world's smallest machine vision camera with autofocus. Measuring a compact 23 x 26.5 x 21.5 mm (.9" x 1.04" x .84"), the uEye™ XS is simple to integrate into virtually any imaging system. Featuring the 5 megapixel...

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Achromatic Beam Expanders

Optical Surfaces’ (Surrey, UK) beam expanders incorporate off-axis mirrors which provide an unobstructed output and highly efficient transmission. Beam expanders are the optical tool of choice for increasing the diameter of a collimated input beam to a larger collimated output beam. Beam expanders are used in...

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Ultraviolet Radiation Spectrometer

McPherson’s (Chelmsford MA) vacuum ultraviolet spectrometer, Model 234/302, is now complete with sensitive, cooled, scientific grade CCD detectors. The compact 200mm focal length spectrometer has adjustable slits, and operates at f/4.5, providing fast, sensitive data collection from ultraviolet radiation and...

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Army Plans To Remove Tons Of Toxins From Lethal Rounds

An enemy convoy transporting a supply of fuel rumbles across the desert floor, an ideal target for armor-piercing incendiary projectiles. These projectiles are most useful for "after-armor effects," such as an incandescent flash immediately after penetrating a hard target. The resulting...

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Army extends Global Information Grid Network To Company Level

As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan changes and forces conduct more dispersed operations, new tactical communications equipment for vehicles at the company level will help extend the network over vast distances to keep soldiers connected and commanders informed.

Currently...

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Researchers Develop Next-Generation Electronic Warfare Tools

When U.S pilots encounter enemy air defenses, onboard electronic warfare (EW) systems protect them by interfering with incoming radar signals – a technique known as electronic attack (EA) or jamming. Conversely, electronic protection (EP) technology prevents hostile forces from using...

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Fog Harvester Pulls Water from Thin Air

A fog-harvesting system developed by MIT and Chilean researchers could provide potable water for the world’s driest regions.

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First Human-to-Human Brain Interface: Researcher Controls Colleague's Motions

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with researcher Rajesh Rao able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of fellow researcher Andrea Stocco.

Podcasts
Garry Lyles, Chief Engineer, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL

Garry Lyles is Chief Engineer for the Space Launch System Program office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. In 2012, the National Space Club named Lyles the Astronautics Engineer of the Year in honor of his decades of advancing the nation’s human spaceflight systems.

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Cogging Torque Analysis of a Permanent Magnet Machine in a Wind Turbine

Permanent magnet machines are used in many industrial applications because of their ability to produce high power densities. The market for such machines has been expanding due to the availability of affordable magnet materials, technological improvements, and advances in...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Fast, High-Precision Readout Circuit for Detector Arrays

The GEO-CAPE mission described in NASA’s Earth Science and Applications Decadal Survey requires high spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution measurements to monitor and characterize the rapidly changing chemistry of the troposphere over North and South Americas. High-frame-rate focal...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
A System for Measuring the Sway of the Vehicle Assembly Building

A system was developed to measure the sway of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center. This system was installed in the VAB and gathered more than one total year of data. The building movement was correlated with measurements provided by three wind towers in...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
ISS Ammonia Leak Detection Through X-Ray Fluorescence

Ammonia leaks are a significant concern for the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS has external transport lines that direct liquid ammonia to radiator panels where the ammonia is cooled and then brought back to thermal control units. These transport lines and radiator panels are...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Hydrometeor Size Distribution Measurements by Imaging the Attenuation of a Laser Spot

The optical extinction of a laser due to scattering of particles is a well-known phenomenon. In a laboratory environment, this physical principle is known as the Beer-Lambert law, and is often used to measure the concentration of scattering particles in a fluid...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Victim Simulator for Victim Detection Radar

Testing of victim detection radars has traditionally used human subjects who volunteer to be buried in, or climb into a space within, a rubble pile. This is not only uncomfortable, but can be hazardous or impractical when typical disaster scenarios are considered, including fire, mud, or liquid waste....

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Vibration-Powered Lowpass Filter

The Mixed Signal Radio Frequency Interface Front (MSRFIF) end is an energy harvesting product that can work from low frequencies (60 Hz or less) up to 250 MHz. Since analog signal processing may be needed for sensor applications, a demonstration of a filter powered by the MSRFIF is needed.

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Quasi-Linear Circuit

This work involved developing space qualifiable switch mode DC/DC power supplies that improve performance with fewer components, and result in elimination of digital components and reduction in magnetics. This design is for missions where systems may be operating under extreme conditions, especially at elevated temperature...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
High-Speed, High-Resolution Time-to-Digital Conversion

This innovation is a series of time-tag pulses from a photomultiplier tube, featuring short time interval between pulses (e.g., 2.5 ns). Using the previous art, dead time between pulses is too long, or too much hardware is required, including a very-high-speed demultiplexer. A faster method...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Li-Ion Battery and Supercapacitor Hybrid Design for Long Extravehicular Activities

With the need for long periods of extravehicular activities (EVAs) on the Moon or Mars or a near-asteroid, the need for long-performance batteries has increased significantly. The energy requirements for the EVA suit, as well as surface systems such as rovers,...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Ultrasonic Low-Friction Containment Plate for Thermal and Ultrasonic Stir Weld Processes

The thermal stir welding (TSW) process is finding applications in fabrication of space vehicles. In this process, workpieces to be joined by TSW are drawn, by heavy forces, between “containment plates,” past the TSW tool that then causes joining of the...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Powered, Ultrasonically Assisted Thermal Stir Welding

This method is a solid-state weld process capable of joining metallic alloys without melting. The weld workpieces to be joined by thermal stir welding (TSW) are drawn, by heavy forces, between containment plates past the TSW stir tool that then causes joining of the weld workpiece.

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Next-Generation MKIII Lightweight HUT/Hatch Assembly

The MK III (H-1) carbon-graphite/ epoxy Hard Upper Torso (HUT)/Hatch assembly was designed, fabricated, and tested in the early 1990s. The spacesuit represented an 8.3 psi (≈58 kPa) technology demonstrator model of a zero prebreathe suit. The basic torso shell, brief, and hip areas of the...

Briefs : Materials
Centrifugal Sieve for Gravity-Level-Independent Size Segregation of Granular Materials

Conventional size segregation or screening in batch mode, using stacked vibrated screens, is often a time-consuming process. Utilization of centrifugal force instead of gravity as the primary body force can significantly shorten the time to segregate feedstock...

Briefs : Materials
Ion Exchange Technology Development in Support of the Urine Processor Assembly

The urine processor assembly (UPA) on the International Space Station (ISS) recovers water from urine via a vacuum distillation process. The distillation occurs in a rotating distillation assembly (DA) where the urine is heated and subjected to sub-ambient pressure....

Briefs : Materials
Nickel-Graphite Composite Compliant Interface and/or Hot Shoe Material

Next-generation high-temperature thermoelectric-power-generating devices will employ segmented architectures and will have to reliably withstand thermally induced mechanical stresses produced during component fabrication, device assembly, and operation. Thermoelectric...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
UltraSail CubeSat Solar Sail Flight Experiment

UltraSail is a next-generation, highrisk, high-payoff sail system for the launch, deployment, stabilization, and control of very large (km2 class) solar sails enabling high payload mass fractions for interplanetary and deep space spacecraft. UltraSail is a non-traditional approach to...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Acquisition and Retaining Granular Samples via a Rotating Coring Bit

This device takes advantage of the centrifugal forces that are generated when a coring bit is rotated, and a granular sample is entered into the bit while it is spinning, making it adhere to the internal wall of the bit, where it compacts itself into the wall of the bit. The...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Counterflow Regolith Heat Exchanger

A problem exists in reducing the total heating power required to extract oxygen from lunar regolith. All such processes require heating a great deal of soil, and the heat energy is wasted if it cannot be recycled from processed material back into new material.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Very-Low-Cost, Rugged Vacuum System

NASA, DoD, DHS, and commercial industry have a need for miniaturized, rugged, low-cost vacuum systems. Recent advances in sensor technology have led to the development of very small mass spectrometer detectors as well as other miniature analytical instruments. However, the vacuum systems to support these...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mechanism for Deploying a Long, Thin-Film Antenna From a Rover

Observations with radio telescopes address key problems in cosmology, astrobiology, heliophysics, and planetary science including the first light in the Universe (Cosmic Dawn), magnetic fields of extrasolar planets, particle acceleration mechanisms, and the lunar ionosphere. The Moon...

Briefs : Medical
FRET-Aptamer Assays for Bone Marker Assessment, C-Telopeptide, Creatinine, and Vitamin D

Astronauts lose 1.0 to 1.5% of their bone mass per month on long-duration spaceflights. NASA wishes to monitor the bone loss onboard spacecraft to develop nutritional and exercise countermeasures, and make adjustments during long space missions. On Earth,...

Briefs : Medical
Medicine Delivery Device With Integrated Sterilization and Detection

Sterile delivery devices can be created by integrating a medicine delivery instrument with surfaces that are coated with germicidal and anti-fouling material. This requires that a large-surface- area template be developed within a constrained volume to ensure good contact...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Complementary Barrier Infrared Detector (CBIRD) Contact Methods

The performance of the CBIRD detector is enhanced by using new device contacting methods that have been developed. The detector structure features a narrow gap adsorber sandwiched between a pair of complementary, unipolar barriers that are, in turn, surrounded by contact layers. In...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Multimode Directional Coupler for Utilization of Harmonic Frequencies From TWTAs

A novel waveguide multimode directional coupler (MDC) intended for the measurement and potential utilization of the second and higher order harmonic frequencies from high-power traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) has been successfully designed, fabricated, and...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
High-Power, High-Speed Electro-Optic Pockels Cell Modulator

Electro-optic modulators rely on a change in the index of refraction for the optical wave as a function of an applied voltage. The corresponding change in index acts to delay the wavefront in the waveguide. The goal of this work was to develop a high-speed, highpower waveguide-based...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Autonomous Control of Space Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear reactors to support future robotic and manned missions impose new and innovative technological requirements for their control and protection instrumentation. Long-duration surface missions necessitate reliable autonomous operation, and manned missions impose added requirements for failsafe...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Dual-Polarization, Multi-Frequency Antenna Array for use with Hurricane Imaging Radiometer

Advancements in common aperture antenna technology were employed to utilize its proprietary genetic algorithm-based modeling tools in an effort to develop, build, and test a dual-polarization array for Hurricane Imaging Radiometer (HIRAD) applications....

Briefs : Software
Simulation and Analysis Drive Transmission Development

Vicura is a developer of manual transmissions and dry dual clutch transmissions, as well as powertrain integration in a large number of front wheel drive and all wheel drive applications. The company’s engineers are responsible for a broad range of complex simulation and analysis testing...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Conjugate Thermal Analysis of a Generic LED Light Bulb

The design and application of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting solutions provides new opportunities for thermofluid- mechanical modeling enabled by multiphysics analysis. A coupled thermal and fluid modeling effort was used to understand the temperature fields and airflow around a generic...

Briefs : Software
Analysis of Spiral Resonator Filters

Increasing demand for more advanced wireless systems necessitates the introduction of novel designs that are capable of simultaneously fulfilling multiple operating and performance criteria. The implementation of high-datarate transmission systems has required the development of innovative designs for...

Briefs : Software
Enigma Version 12

Enigma Version 12 software combines model building, animation, and engineering visualization into one concise software package. Enigma employs a versatile user interface to allow average users access to even the most complex pieces of the application. Using Enigma eliminates the need to buy and learn several software packages...

Briefs : Software
ISSM: Ice Sheet System Model

In order to have the capability to use satellite data from its own missions to inform future sea-level rise projections, JPL needed a full-fledged ice-sheet/iceshelf flow model, capable of modeling the mass balance of Antarctica and Greenland into the near future. ISSM was developed with such a goal in mind, as a...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Planetary Protection Bioburden Analysis Program

This program is a Microsoft Access program that performed statistical analysis of the colony counts from assays performed on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft to determine the bioburden density, 3-sigma biodensity, and the total bioburdens required for the MSL prelaunch reports. It also...

Briefs : Information Technology
Micrometeoroid and Orbital Debris (MMOD) Shield Ballistic Limit Analysis Program

This software implements penetration limit equations for common micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) shield configurations, windows, and thermal protection systems. Allowable MMOD risk is formulated in terms of the probability of penetration (PNP) of the...

Briefs : Software
Wing Leading Edge RCC Rapid Response Damage Prediction Tool (IMPACT2)

This rapid response computer program predicts Orbiter Wing Leading Edge (WLE) damage caused by ice or foam impact during a Space Shuttle launch (Program “IMPACT2”). The program was developed after the Columbia accident in order to assess quickly WLE damage due to ice,...

Briefs : Software
Covariance Analysis Tool (G-CAT) for Computing Ascent, Descent, and Landing Errors

G-CAT is a covariance analysis tool that enables fast and accurate computation of error ellipses for descent, landing, ascent, and rendezvous scenarios, and quantifies knowledge error contributions needed for error budgeting purposes. Because GCAT supports...

Briefs : Software
Phoenix Telemetry Processor

Phxtelemproc is a C/C++ based telemetry processing program that processes SFDU telemetry packets from the Telemetry Data System (TDS). It generates Experiment Data Records (EDRs) for several instruments including surface stereo imager (SSI); robotic arm camera (RAC); robotic arm (RA); microscopy, electrochemistry, and...

Briefs : Software
Contact Graph Routing Enhancements Developed in ION for DTN

The Interplanetary Overlay Network (ION) software suite is an open-source, flight-ready implementation of networking protocols including the Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) Bundle Protocol (BP), the CCSDS (Con sul tative Committee for Space Data Systems) File Delivery...

Briefs : Software
Spitzer Telemetry Processing System

The Spitzer Telemetry Processing System (SirtfTlmProc) was designed to address objectives of JPL’s Multi-mission Image Processing Lab (MIPL) in processing spacecraft telemetry and distributing the resulting data to the science community. To minimize costs and maximize operability, the software design focused...

Briefs : Software
Advanced Strategic and Tactical Relay Request Management for the Mars Relay Operations Service

This software provides a new set of capabilities for the Mars Relay Operations Service (MaROS) in support of Strategic and Tactical relay, including a highly interactive relay request Web user interface, mission control over relay planning time...

Briefs : Software
Automated Loads Analysis System (ATLAS)

ATLAS is a generalized solution that can be used for launch vehicles. ATLAS is used to produce modal transient analysis and quasi-static analysis results (i.e., accelerations, displacements, and forces) for the payload math models on a specific Shuttle Transport System (STS) flight using the shuttle math...

Briefs : Software
GFEChutes Lo-Fi

NASA needed to provide a software model of a parachute system for a manned re-entry vehicle. NASA has parachute codes, e.g., the Descent Simulation System (DSS), that date back to the Apollo Program. Since the space shuttle did not rely on parachutes as its primary descent control mechanism, DSS has not been maintained or...

Briefs : Software
Integrated Main Propulsion System Performance Reconstruction Process/Models

The Integrated Main Propulsion System (MPS) Performance Recon - struction process provides the MPS post-flight data files needed for postflight reporting to the project integration management and key customers to verify flight performance. This process/model was used as...

Briefs : Software
Sally Ride EarthKAM — Automated Image Geo-Referencing Using Google Earth Web Plug-In

Sally Ride EarthKAM is an educational program funded by NASA that aims to provide the public the ability to picture Earth from the perspective of the International Space Station (ISS). A computer-controlled camera is mounted on the ISS in a nadir-pointing...

Briefs : Software
Ionospheric Specifications for SAR Interferometry (ISSI)

The ISSI software package is designed to image the ionosphere from space by calibrating and processing polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) data collected from low Earth orbit satellites. Signals transmitted and received by a PolSAR are subject to the Faraday rotation effect as...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Acoustic Emission Analysis Applet (AEAA) Software

NASA Glenn Research and NASA White Sands Test Facility have developed software supporting an automated pressure vessel structural health monitoring (SHM) system based on acoustic emissions (AE). The software, referred to as the Acoustic Emission Analysis Applet (AEAA), provides analysts with a...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Software for Generating Troposphere Corrections for InSAR Using GPS and Weather Model Data

Atmospheric errors due to the troposphere are a limiting error source for spaceborne interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) imaging. This software generates tropospheric delay maps that can be used to correct atmospheric artifacts in InSAR data....

Briefs : Software
Implementation of a Wavefront-Sensing Algorithm

A computer program has been written as a unique implementation of an imagebased wavefront-sensing algorithm reported in “Iterative-Transform Phase Retrieval Using Adaptive Diversity” (GSC-14879-1), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 31, No. 4 (April 2007), page 32. This software was originally intended for...

Briefs : Software
Advanced Multimission Operations System (ATMO)

The HiiHat toolbox developed for CAT/ENVI provides principal investigators di rect, immediate, flexible, and seamless in - teraction with their instruments and data from any location. Offering segmentation and neutral region division, it facilitates the discovery of key endmembers and regions of...

Products
Product of the Month: the Model 2450 SourceMeter® SMU Instrument

Keithley Instruments, Cleveland, OH, has introduced the Model 2450 SourceMeter® SMU instrument, the first benchtop source measure unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface. The instrument is based on the company’s Touch, Test, Invent™ design...

Articles : Aerospace
Curiosity: One Year Later

On August 5, 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity, landed in Gale Crater in a perfectly executed procedure originally referred to as “7 Minutes of Terror.” A year into its two-year exploration of the Red Planet, Curiosity has already achieved the major goal of its mission.

Last year,...

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020: The Next Journey

Building on the success of Curiosity’s landing, NASA has announced plans for the next robotic science rover, which is set to launch in 2020. The proposed 2020 rover mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The mission would address key...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fault Management Modeling Improves Spacecraft Operability

Ridgetop Group has been selected for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from NASA. Under the agreement, Ridgetop will develop an advanced system that mitigates faults in complex systems, ranging from flight control to electric power distribution, with autonomic recovery...

Application Briefs : Propulsion
Solar Sail Will Demonstrate “Propellant-less Propulsion”

The Sunjammer Mission team — including NASA, lead contractor L’Garde, Space Services Holdings (SSHI), and Micro Aerospace Solutions — is preparing to launch Sunjammer, the largest solar sail ever deployed, named in honor of legendary science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke....

Briefs : Software
Memory-Efficient Onboard Rock Segmentation

Rockster-MER is an autonomous perception capability that was uploaded to the Mars Exploration Rover Oppor tunity in December 2009. This software provides the vision front end for a larger software system known as AEGIS (Autonomous Exploration for Gather ing Increased Science), which was recently named...

Briefs : Software
Kinect Engineering with Learning (KEWL)

According to a Nielsen survey at the time of this reporting, 41% of all households have a game console. This is one market in which NASA has been absent from education and outreach efforts. Kinect Engineering with Learning (KEWL) is made to enter into that market and bring NASA education and outreach to a...

Briefs : Software
Automating Hyperspectral Data for Rapid Response in Volcanic Emergencies

In a volcanic emergency, time is of the essence. It is vital to quantify eruption parameters (thermal emission, effusion rate, location of activity) and distribute this information as quickly as possible to decision-makers in order to enable effective evaluation of...

Briefs : Software
Spacecraft 3D Augmented Reality Mobile App

The Spacecraft 3D application allows users to learn about and interact with iconic NASA missions in a new and immersive way using common mobile devices (see figure). Using Augmented Reality (AR) techniques to project 3D renditions of the mission spacecraft into real-world surroundings, users can...

Briefs : Information Technology
Trade Space Specification Tool (TSST) for Rapid Mission Architecture (Version 1.2)

Trade Space Specification Tool (TSST) is designed to capture quickly ideas in the early spacecraft and mission architecture design and categorize them into trade space dimensions and options for later analysis. It is implemented as an Eclipse RCP Application,...

Briefs : Information Technology
Raster-Based Approach to Solar Pressure Modeling

An algorithm has been developed to take advantage of the graphics processing hardware in modern computers to efficiently compute high-fidelity solar pressure forces and torques on spacecraft, taking into account the possibility of self-shading due to the articulation of spacecraft components such...

Briefs : Software
Space Images for NASA JPL Android Version

This software addresses the demand for easily accessible NASA JPL images and videos by providing a user friendly and simple graphical user interface that can be run via the Android platform from any location where Internet connection is available. This app is complementary to the iPhone version of the...

Briefs : Software
SIM_EXPLORE: Software for Directed Exploration of Complex Systems

Physics-based numerical simulation codes are widely used in science and engineering to model complex systems that would be infeasible to study otherwise. While such codes may provide the highest-fidelity representation of system behavior, they are often so slow to run that insight...

Briefs : Software
Robot Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP)

The Robot Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP) is being used in the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission for downlink data visualization and command sequence generation. RSVP reads and writes downlink data products from the operations data server (ODS) and writes uplink data products to...

Briefs : Information Technology
MPST Software: grl_pef_check

This innovation is a tool used to verify and validate spacecraft sequences at the predicted events file (PEF) level for the GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, see http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/grail/main/index.html) mission as part of the Multi-Mission Planning and Sequencing Team (MPST) operations...

Briefs : Information Technology
Real-Time Multimission Event Notification System for Mars Relay

As the Mars Relay Network is in constant flux (missions and teams going through their daily workflow), it is imperative that users are aware of such state changes. For example, a change by an orbiter team can affect operations on a lander team. This software provides an ambient view...

Briefs : Information Technology
Jettison Engineering Trajectory Tool

The Jettison Engineering Trajectory Tool (JETT) performs the jettison analysis function for any orbiting asset. It provides a method to compute the relative trajectories between an orbiting asset and any jettisoned item (intentional or unintentional) or sublimating particles generated by fluid dumps to assess...

Briefs : Software
PredGuid+A: Orion Entry Guidance Modified for Aerocapture

PredGuid+A software was developed to enable a unique numerical predictor-corrector aerocapture guidance capability that builds on heritage Orion entry guidance algorithms. The software can be used for both planetary entry and aerocapture applications. Furthermore, PredGuid+A implements a...

Briefs : Information Technology
Mobile Timekeeping Application Built on Reverse-Engineered JPL Infrastructure

Every year, non-exempt employees cumulatively waste over one man-year tracking their time and using the timekeeping Web page to save those times. This app eliminates this waste.

Briefs : Software
Advanced Query and Data Mining Capabilities for MaROS

The Mars Relay Operational Service (MaROS) comprises a number of tools to coordinate, plan, and visualize various aspects of the Mars Relay network. These levels include a Web-based user interface, a back-end “ReSTlet” built in Java, and databases that store the data as it is received...

Briefs : Information Technology
MPST Software: grl_suppdoc

Due to the nature of the GRAIL mission, the GRAIL Mission Planning and Sequence Team (MPST) is required to generate ground and uplink products faster than ever done before. The existing correct_transmitter _min_dur tool that provides a similar function to grl_suppdoc lacks the ability to operate accurately or quickly...

Briefs : Information Technology
Planning Coverage Campaigns for Mission Design and Analysis: CLASP for DESDynl

Mission design and analysis presents challenges in that almost all variables are in constant flux, yet the goal is to achieve an acceptable level of performance against a concept of operations, which might also be in flux. To increase responsiveness, automated...

Briefs : Software
Space Place Prime

Space Place Prime is public engagement and education software for use on iPad. It targets a multi-generational audience with news, images, videos, and educational articles from the Space Place Web site and other NASA sources.

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Organic Photovoltaic Technology

Organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology has been rapidly growing in performance and popularity over the past few years and is expected to become a major PV technology within the next decade. Here’s why.

Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Using CVD Diamond to Cool Hot Devices

Increasing power densities and decreasing transistor dimensions are hallmarks of many of today’s semiconductor devices, including high-voltage power transistors, laser diodes, and RF power amplifiers. GaN devices, such as power converters for photovoltaic cells and cellular base-station power amplifiers,...

Products : Photonics/Optics
UV-Visible-NIR Microspectrophotometer

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has introduced an automated version of the 20/30 Perfect Vision™ UV-visible- NIR microspectrophotometer. This system is designed to be fully programmable with touchscreen controls so that it can automatically analyze microscopic samples with UV-visible-NIR spectroscopy...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Touch-Operated Portable Spectrometer

Announced as the world’s first smart, touch-enabled portable spectrometer, the GL SPECTIS 1.0 Touch Mini from Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) includes WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, and SD card interfaces in a handheld unit that operates for up to 6 hours on a battery charge. The Android-based GL Spectis 1.0...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Hollow-Core Fiber

OFS (Avon, CT) has developed a new Hollowcore Fiber (HCF) as part of the DARPA-funded Compact Ultra Stable Gyro for Absolute Reference (COUGAR) program, led by Honeywell International, Inc. The breakthrough fiber employs an air filled core surrounded by glass webbing. Hollow-core fibers allow light to propagate through free...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Sensors

Ophir Photonics (North Logan, UT) has announced the newest member of the BeamTrack family, the FL250A-BB-50-PPS. BeamTrack is a unique series of thermal detectors that combine multiple functions in one device: laser power, energy, beam position, and beam size. The sensors also provide information on beam centering and wander, all...

Products : Photonics/Optics
CW Laser Diode Driver

A new laser diode driver, iC-HT, from iC Haus (Bodenheim, Germany) permits microcontroller-based activation of laser diodes in CW mode. With this device, laser diodes can be driven by either the optical output power (using APC), the laser diode current (using ACC), or a full, controller-based power control unit. The maximum...

Articles : Imaging
CAMERA TRENDS 2013: A Simpler Machine Vision

Today’s cameras are cheaper, smaller, and more capable than ever before. Without breaking the budget, a company manager who needs products inspected can buy a camera, quickly code in commands to recognize an object, bracket the device above a production line, and begin capturing images.

Articles : Software
Picking the Pattern for a Stealth Antenna

A frequency selective surface that acts as an RF filter and helps reduce the radar cross-section of antennas consists of a pattern of geometrical objects. There are literally thousands of possibilities, and testing each one physically would take enormous amounts of time. With simulation, though,...

Who's Who
Garry Lyles, Chief Engineer, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL

NASA Tech Briefs: What is the Space Launch System?

Garry Lyles: It’s the heavy launch system that is designed to take humans and cargo beyond lower Earth orbit. It is the next big capability with the Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle). The Space Launch...

Products : Imaging
Imaging Sensor

OmniVision Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has announced the OV8865, an 8- megapixel CameraChip™ sensor. The sensor features an improved 1.4-micron OmniBSI-2™ pixel.

Products : Imaging
Image Analysis Software

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has announced ImageUV™ microscope camera control and image analysis software for Windows™ 8. Windows™ 8 includes features such as native touchscreen control, quick resizing of windows, viewable icons, and access to often used documents and spectra.

Products : Imaging
Microscope Stage

A motorized fine focus stage from Santa Barbara Imaging (Santa Barbara, CA) features a stepper motor drive, cross roller stage, integrated motor controller, optical limit switches, and joystick actuator. Stage travel is 50 mm with sub-micron position resolution. Commercial applications include single-use product inspection,...

Products : Imaging
Video Kits

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (Mount Olive, NJ), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, offers new Concealment Video Kits (CTVK). The CTVK all-in-one kit includes a hide with an integrated miniature Concealment COFDM Transmitter (CTxII); a COFDM briefcase Mobile Viewer Receiver; a Nexus 7 Android tablet...

Products : Imaging
Ruggedized Camera

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has expanded its line of Phantom ® Miro cameras to include a ruggedized body style. The RCUcompatible Phantom Miro R-Series features flexible tools for both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Key specifications include >100G shock; 25Grms random vibration; -20 °C to +50 °C operating...

Products : Imaging
Surveillance Camera System

Vumii™ Imaging (Atlanta, GA) has released its Accuracii family of long-range, dualchannel thermal surveillance camera systems. The Accuracii camera systems combine two advanced video channels on an integrated ruggedized 360° pan-tilt positioner. With both long-range and mid-range models, the systems have several...

Products : Imaging
Embedded Vision System

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has released the EOS-1220 GigE Vision-compliant embedded vision system, featuring third generation Intel® Core™ i7 quadcore processors, four independent PoE (Power over Ethernet) ports, full compatibility with GigE Vision cameras, and support for smart PoE APIs.

Products : Imaging
X-Ray Cameras

Teledyne DALSA (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has introduced the Remote RadEye™ HR x-ray camera. The Remote RadEye HR is a compact, CMOSbased industrial x-ray sensor, featuring over 2 million pixels in an active area measuring 33 × 25 mm, with a pixel spacing of 20 μm. The camera connects to a laptop or PC via its integrated...

Products : Imaging
GigE Vision Cameras

LightWise™ IQ Cameras from Imaging Solutions Group (Rochester, NY) support Dual GigE Vision, the new CoaXpress interface, and Truesense Imaging (Kodak) KAI CCD products. The 16 Mp camera (7.4 micron pixel – KAI-16070) and the 29 Mp (5.5 micron pixel – KAI-29050) camera feature a Linux CPU and a large FPGA. External...

Products : Imaging
GigE Cameras

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) offers industrial monochrome/color 29 × 29 × 57 mm cameras. Features include an Aptina CMOS sensor; Sony CCD sensor; resolution from VGA to 5 MP; frame rate up to 150 fps; GigE with PoE (Power over Ethernet) interface; and optional binning and ROI. Six different models are included.

Products : Imaging
Line Scan Cameras

Basler (Exton, PA) has expanded its sprint series of line scan cameras. The existing Camera Link models with 39 kHz, 70 kHz, and 140 kHz line scan rates are now joined by monochrome and color cameras offering 50 kHz at 2k and 4k resolution. All sprint cameras ship with the new firmware, version 1.17. A 6-axis operator achieves...

Products : Imaging
Video Wall Management Software

Matrox® Graphics (Dorval, Quebec, Canada) offers MuraControl™ 2.0 for Windows® video wall management software. Features include transparency and color-keying effects, the addition of local inputs and control, plus source touring and scheduling functionality. Blending videos and images with the desktop, a...

Products : Imaging
Frame Grabbers

The EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) PIXCI®e104 x4 Gen2 Camera Link frame grabber acquires from dual deca cameras or from 4 base cameras. The PCIe gen2 x4 interface transfers data to the host processor in bursts of 20 gigabits per second, capturing images from more than 900 Camera Link cameras. The Type-1 bottomstacking PCIe/104 x4 Gen...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Potting Compounds Offer Superior Protection for Electronic Circuits

Product reliability is an absolute must for manufacturers to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. As customers demand ever-increasing levels of performance at lower unit costs, it becomes increasingly challenging to ensure that electronic circuits operate as designed...

Articles : Aerospace
Advanced Exercise Concepts for Long-Duration Spaceflight

Long-duration spaceflight poses many hazards to the health of a space exploration crew, including physiological deconditioning of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems due to prolonged exposure to microgravity. To combat these adverse physical changes, the crew is required to...

Techs for License
Floorboard Locking Technology Features A/A Splicing

A locking technology can be widely used in the hardwood and laminate floor installation process. After being spliced, the two-locking structure has bearing capacity similar to that of a whole single material. The technology can be reversely disassembled, and both sides of the locking device are...

Techs for License
Reseatable Pressure Relief Valve Fixes Leaks

Reclosable pressure-relief devices that employ a frusto-conical valve assembly or spherical valve assembly have been found to leak under vacuum. A new technology fixes leaks in low-pressure (less than 50 psi) relief valves. The invention adds a ring inside the valve. Both the valve seat and the...

NASA Tech Needs
Preventing Adhesion of Cellulose to Steel

A client’s application joins cellulose and a resin binder. A combination of the binding agent and fibers sticks to the surface of the steel. The organization therefore seeks novel foams, coatings, and gels to act as a physical buffer between the fibers and the steel. The physical buffer must function...

NASA Tech Needs
Personal Cleansing Innovations

Personal cleansing after using the bathroom is a worldwide necessity, and various cultures solve that need differently. New devices must facilitate this type of cleaning and deliver soothing formulations onto the skin. The technology will serve as an alternative to Western dry toilet paper, European bidets, and...

Briefs : Lighting
New Family of Tiny Crystals Glow Bright in LED Lights

Minuscule crystals that glow different colors may be the missing ingredient for white LED lighting that illuminates homes and offices as effectively as natural sunlight.

Briefs : Lighting
Fine-Tuning Emissions From Quantum Dots

Tiny particles of matter called quantum dots, which emit light with exceptionally pure and bright colors, have found a prominent role as biological markers. In addition, they are realizing their potential in computer and television screens, and have promise in solid-state lighting. New research at MIT...

News : Lighting
Silicon-Based Nanoparticles Could Make LEDs Cheaper, Greener To Produce

Light-emitting diodes, are the most efficient and environmentally friendly light bulbs on the market. But they come at a higher up-front price than other bulbs, especially the ones with warmer and more appealing hues. But researchers at the University of Washington have...

News : Lighting
Metallurgists Use Microwaves to Create Nanocrystal Semiconductors

University of Utah metallurgists used an old microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor rapidly using cheap, abundant and less toxic metals than other semiconductors. They hope it will be used for more efficient photovoltaic solar cells and LED lights, biological...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Pet Foods Facility Anticipates Less Than Two Year Payback with LED Lighting

The new 300,000 square foot Diamond Pet Foods facility in Ripon, Calif. went online in May 2012 with more than 500 high-efficiency, Class II Div 2 LED fixtures by Dialight. Through combined energy and maintenance savings, the company expects a full return on its...

Application Briefs : Lighting
LED Tube Lamp Brightens Auburn SuperMall With 50% Less Energy

Aleddra LED Lighting, a business unit of Lightel Technologies, Inc., recently partnered with management at the Auburn SuperMall in Auburn, WA to improve the quality of light throughout the mall while at the same time reducing lighting energy consumption by 52%.

Application Briefs : Lighting
Lighting Company Retrofits Headquarters With Edge-Lit Light Guide Technology

Global Lighting Technologies, a manufacturer of LEDbased, edge-lit light guide solutions for general illumination applications, has retrofitted its North American sales & engineering headquarters with LED ceiling lights. In a classic example of practicing what it...

Application Briefs : Lighting
Plymouth (U.K.) City Council Switches to Solid-State Lighting

Plessey is working closely with Plymouth City Council in the U.K. to help achieve the Council's ambitious carbon reduction strategy for all their managed buildings and infrastructure. Plessey is replacing the existing fluorescent lighting in Douglass House with solid-state LED...

Articles : Lighting
LEDs Go Organic: The Science behind OLED Lighting Systems

Organic is a term more often associated with vegetables than lighting systems, but some LED manufacturers are now incorporating organic molecules into their products to meet specific application demands. The result is a new type of LED system that provides a broad illumination area and...

Articles : Lighting
Single-Stage vs. Two-Stage Drivers

The key circuit elements in an LED lamp are the LEDs, the optics, the casing (including heat-sinking) and the driver. The driver now represents anywhere from 10% to 40% of total bulb cost, so selecting the right topology is crucial to delivering the most cost-optimized design. In order to achieve a long...

Products : Lighting
Dimmable Omnidirectional A19 LED Lamps

MaxLite® (West Caldwell, NJ) introduced the new Omnidirectional A19 LED Lamp as a true A19 incandescent replacement lamp that distributes a soft, warm uniform light without compromising performance or aesthetics. The long-life, energy efficient alternatives to conventional lighting, MaxLite’s dimmable...

Products : Lighting
Powerline Communication SoC for LED Lighting

Greenvity Communications (Milpitas, CA) has expanded its Hybrii® family of system-onchip (SoC) connectivity solutions with the new Hybrii-Mini GV7013 aimed at cost-sensitive consumer and industrial applications. Compatible with the HomePlug® Green PHY™ powerline communication (PLC) specification...

Products : Lighting
LED Controller and Driver

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (Dallas, TX) has introduced the industry’s smallest off-line, phase-dimmable, constant- current lighting controller and an easy-to-use lighting driver that simplify the retrofit of a variety of LED bulbs, including E14, GU10, A19, PAR20/30/38, MR16 and AR111. The TPS92075 controller...

Products : Lighting
LED Luminaires

EYE Lighting International (Mentor, Ohio) has announced the introduction of Aphos™ brand LED luminaires. Ideal for parking garages, parking lots, warehouses and similar applications, the rugged luminaires are designed with custom LED optics that deliver exceptional lighton- task coverage that can minimize the number of fixtures...

Products : Lighting
Digital AC/DC LED Driver

iWatt Inc. (Campbell, CA) recently introduced a new digital AC/DC solid state lighting (SSL) LED driver platform designed specifically to address the key issues of cost and lifetime in price-sensitive, non-dimmable, residential SSL bulb applications. The first device in this new platform is the iW3626, a singlestage...

Products : Lighting
Through-Hole Dot Matrix Display

Everlight Electronics Co. (Taipei, Taiwan) recently announced the ELMM-457SURCB/A3, a high performance through-hole dot matrix display driven by packaged IC. Each display can be directly interfaced with a microprocessor. The serial IC interface allows the display of 104 built-in characters and 24 custom...

Products : Lighting
8” Round High Brightness LED Module

Heatron LED Solutions (Leavenworth, KS) has introduced Ascendia, a high brightness 8" round LED module. Delivering up to 7400 lumens from an 8" diameter module, Ascendia is designed for mounting heights up to 30 feet.

Products : Lighting
LED High Bay

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) recently introduced its new 25,000 lumen DuroSite® LED High Bay to meet the high light output requirements of industrial applications. With 100 lumens per Watt efficacy, the new 250W LED High Bay is UL1598/A certified for wet locations as well as CE compliant and CSA 22.2 certified.