Briefs: Information Technology
Foam-on-Tile Damage Model

An impact model was developed to predict how three specific foam types would damage the Space Shuttle Orbiter insulating tiles. The inputs needed for the model are the foam type, the foam mass, the foam impact velocity, the foam impact incident angle, the type being impacted, and whether the tile is new or aged (has...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Instrument Package Manipulation Through the Generation and Use of an Attenuated-Fluent Gas Fold

This document discusses a technique that provides a means for suspending large, awkward loads, instrument packages, components, and machinery in a stable, controlled, and precise manner. In the baseplate of the test machine, a pattern of grooves and...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Multicolor Detectors for Ultrasensitive Long-Wave Imaging Cameras

A document describes a zeptobolometer for ultrasensitive, long-wavelength sensors. GSFC is developing pixels based on the zeptobolometer design that sense three THz wavelengths simultaneously.

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Command and Data Handling Flight Electronics Subsystem

A document describes a high-performance, modular, and state-of-the-art Command and Data Handling (C&DH) system developed for use on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. This system implements a complete hardware C&DH subsystem in a single chassis...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Electro-Optic Segment- Segment Sensors for Radio and Optical Telescopes

A document discusses an electro-optic sensor that consists of a collimator, attached to one segment, and a quad diode, attached to an adjacent segment. Relative segment-segment motion causes the beam from the collimator to move across the quad diode, thus generating a...

Saelig Company, Pittsford, NY, has introduced WiPry-Combo, a dynamic power meter and spectrum analyzer accessory for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone. It turns an iOS device into an ultra-portable spectrum...

The Ford Focus Electric is the industry’s first car to feature 100 percent sustainable clean technologies in interior materials, including seat fabrics with Unifi’s REPREVE®-branded fiber made...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Test Systems Ensure Structural Integrity of Orion Crew Vehicle

NASA is currently validating the Orion spacecraft design for human spaceflight. Three systems developed by G Systems were used for testing the new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle...

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will observe primarily the infrared light from faint and very distant objects. But all objects, including telescopes, also emit infrared...

Articles: Aerospace
Marshall Space Flight Center

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), located in Huntsville, AL, became a NASA field center on July 1, 1960. Since then, Marshall has provided the agency with the mission-critical design, development, and...

Techs for License
Biodegradable Silica Gel Fiber Regenerates Cell Tissue

An inorganic, biodegradable silica gel fiber (SGF) acts as a physical scaffold to aid the growth of new cells and the collagen structure that supports them. As a scaffold, it can also be used to deliver drugs over a wide area to aid in healing. The material is integrated into the tissues and...

Techs for License
Nozzle Produces Ultrafine Droplets

Energy-saving nozzles offer droplet sizes down to 25 microns, at operating pressures as low as 100 psi. Nozzle passages, including metering slots, spin chambers, and exit orifices, are designed to minimize pressure drop, resulting in conservation of pump energy up to the exit orifice.

Tech Needs
Indoor Air Quality Improvements

A company wants to decrease the frequency and severity of respiratory illness in homes with adults, teens, and children. Affordable indoor air quality improvement solutions must be provided to consumers via an air purification device. The client seeks a third-party partner who can offer a currently commercialized/...

Tech Needs
Air and Moisture Removal Within Closed Containers

Many types of food spoilage are slowed when air and moisture are removed from around the food. Current removal solutions, however, are expensive, take up too much space, and require complicated processes. A new technology must remove air and moisture with the single push of a button. Any proposed...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Optical Communications Receiver

Specialized mixed-signal (radio frequency and digital) hardware and processing techniques are employed to enable processing of the multi-GHz signal bandwidth, along with the instruction of an inter-symbol guard time (ISGT) to facilitate synchronization to the received pulse-position modulation (PPM) signal.

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Low-Noise, Large-Area Quad Photoreceivers Based on Low-Capacitance Quad Photodiodes

The Laser Interferometry Space Antenna’s (LISAs) scientific mission to detect gravity waves demands stringent noise limits on the system components, especially the large-area quad photoreceiver front end, for ultra-high-precision (≈10 pm/Hz1/2)...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Wavefront Sensing Analysis of Grazing Incidence Optical Systems

Wavefront sensing is a process by which optical system errors are deduced from the aberrations in the image of an ideal source. The method has been used successfully in near-normal incidence, but not for grazing incidence systems. This innovation highlights the ability to examine...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
RxGen General Optical Model Prescription Generator

RxGen is a prescription generator for JPL’s in-house optical modeling software package called MACOS (Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems), which is an expert optical analysis software package focusing on modeling optics on dynamic structures, deformable optics, and controlled...

Lensed and tapered specialty fibers are designed to optimize coupling between the fiber and various optical components such as edge-emitting laser...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Designing COTS LCD Displays For Rugged Applications

Innovation, demand, and falling prices have resulted in high quality large format commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) LCD displays moving from the living room to high availability, mission...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Organic Solar Cell

Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has developed 1.1 cm² tandem cells manufactured with a low temperature deposition process that have an efficiency of 9.8 %, a new world record for organic solar cells. The percentage was...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Metal Adapter

The ELIO® AQ metal adapter from Souriau (York, PA) enables a standard ELIO® optical contact to be inserted into the size-8 Quadrax cavity of several connector types. The ELIO® AQ adapter is already available for connectors...

Products: Photonics/Optics
LED Driver ICs

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) has announced LinkSwitch-PH LED driver ICs in an eSIP™-7F (L package) that measures 2mm high. The Lpackage includes a heat transfer tab on top of the device, which is electrically quiet so...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Welding System

Miyachi Unitek Corporation (Monrovia, CA) has released its new LF Fiber Laser Welding Systems, specially designed for fine micro welding. The LF handles focused spot sizes down to 10 microns, and offers control of pulse...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Tunable Short-Pulse Laser

The Vitara laser from Coherent (Santa Clara, CA) delivers pulsewidths shorter than 12fs. The product offers automated wavelength tuning over a 755nm to 860nm range and pushbutton bandwidth adjustment from 30nm to...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Camera Platform

The Visiosens VFU Camera Platform from FRAMOS (Camberley, UK) has more than 200 camera variants per image sensor. The tool comprises CCD and CMOS image sensors ranging from 0.3 to 10.0 megapixels, a variety of output...

Products: Photonics/Optics
CMOS Cameras

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced its HXC20NIR and HXC40NIR CMOS cameras, which measure electroluminescence in the near-infrared (NIR) light spectrum. Compared with monochrome technology, the cameras are twice as sensitive...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Custom Optical Mirrors

Precision Glass & Optics (Santa Ana, CA) recently provided optical mirrors that are integrated into a 360-degree high definition (HD) video camera system developed by Social Animal (www.socialanimal.tv). The SA360...

Products: Photonics/Optics
USB Laser Control System

Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) now offers a USBKIT interface board and software package for its laser control systems. The bus-powered USB 2.0 interface board is easily wired using on-board screw terminals, and...

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