Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensors Measure Vibroacoustic Shock During Launches
G-Link®, SG-Link®, WSDA®, and SensorCloud® wireless sensor components
MicroStrain
Williston, VT
802-862-6629
www.microstrain.com

MicroStrain provided NASA...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Data Acquisition System Monitors Lightning Strikes
Genesis HighSpeed data acquisition system and Perception software
HBM
Marlboro, MA
508-624-4500
www.hbm.com

NASA Kennedy Space Center, based in Cape Canaveral, FL,...

Articles: Test & Measurement
John C. Stennis Space Center

In the 1960s, NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, all but hidden away in the piney woods of south Mississippi, built a reputation of excellence in testing the massive first and second stages of the Saturn...

The single-photon counting imaging sensor is typically an array of silicon Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes that are monolithically integrated with CMOS (complementary metal oxide...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Qualification of Fiber Optic Cables for Martian Extreme Temperature Environments

Means have been developed for enabling fiber optic cables of the Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometer instrument to survive ground operations plus the nominal 670 Martian conditions that include Martian summer and winter seasons. The purpose of this development was...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Transverse Pupil Shifts for Adaptive Optics Non-Common Path Calibration

A simple new way of obtaining absolute wavefront measurements with a laboratory Fizeau interferometer was recently devised. In that case, the observed wavefront map is the difference of two cavity surfaces, those of the mirror under test and of an unknown reference surface...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Solid-State Spectral Light Source System

A solid-state light source combines an array of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with advanced electronic control and stabilization over both the spectrum and overall level of the light output. The use of LEDs provides efficient operation over a wide range of wavelengths and power levels, while electronic...

Everywhere we look we are bombarded with 3D. It’s in movies, in-home entertainment, digital camcorders, gaming systems, laptops, and even in our labs. What is it about 3D that is so...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Creating 3D Terrain Maps from 2D Data

Disaster relief workers, border patrol officers, wildfire fighters, and many others need up-to-date information about what they will see when they enter an area, not just sketchy topographic maps that...

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a compact tunable laser module for its 816x Series lightwave measurement platform. The Agilent 81960A module, which features a 200 nm/s...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Dynamic-Range Read Out Circuit

The NSC1101 from New Imaging Technologies (NIT) Corp. (Verrières le Buisson, France) is a high-dynamic-range read out circuit (ROIC) designed to interface with photodiode arrays. The NSC1101 has a VGA...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Test-and-Measurement Platform

New Ridge Technologies (Owings Mills, MD) has announced the expansion of its NRT-2500 product line to include the TruePhase IPLM Inline Polarimeter from OFS (Norcross, GA). The NRT-2500, a polarization control...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Green Laser Diode Modules

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) offers a 515-nm, 20-mW green laser diode module. The laser modules have been created specifically to address the needs of high-end OEM applications requiring ultra-stable...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Linear-Array PMT Modules

Linear Array Photomultiplier tube (PMT) modules from Hamamatsu Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) offer high cathode sensitivity, high gain, and high-speed response. The H11451 series features 8 channels in a linear...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pentaprisms

REO (Boulder, CO) offers pentaprisms with coatings optimized for demanding laser applications, such as target designation and range finding. The pentaprisms feature dielectric antireflection and high-reflection coatings...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Femtosecond Laser

Based on diode-pumped disk laser technology, the femtosecond laser JenLas® D2.fs from JENOPTIK Laser Technologies Corp. (Brighton, MI) emits high pulse energies of 40 μJ at 100 kHz repetition rate, and can operate in...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Filter Modeling Tool

MyLight, an online filter modeling tool from Semrock (Rochester, NY), provides users with the ability to characterize optical filters under varying theoretical conditions in real time. The technology offers answers on...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Network Activation Kit

AFL (Spartanburg, SC) offers network activation kits designed to support installation and commissioning of optical equipment in telecom, broadband, and other single-mode optical fiber networks. All network activation...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Transmission Electron Microscope

A 200kV transmission electron microscope from JEOL (Peabody, MA) delivers nanoanalysis for process and quality control of mass-produced semiconductor and materials samples. The multi-function JEOL JEM-2800...

Techs for License
Magnetic Device Separates Hydrogen from Oxygen

High temperatures have been used to dissociate water, but in many cases, the oxygen and hydrogen recombine when temperatures drop. A new device magnetically separates hydrogen from oxygen at elevated temperatures. Steam enters a reaction chamber, heats to over 150 °C in a focused solar beam, and...

Techs for License
Piezo-Driven Pressure Controller Saves Heat

Using a piezo-actuated valve and an integral, closed-loop pressure control circuit, a modular controller maintains the pressure of non-corrosive to mildly corrosive gases. The Active Pressure Controller (APC) consumes minimal power (

Tech Needs
Pathogen Inactivation Technologies

Although there are highly sensitive methods for pathogen detection in donor blood, the risk of infection via transfusion remains. A customer seeks methods to inactivate all known and unknown blood-borne pathogens in blood products, especially where those technologies can be used for whole blood or red blood...

Tech Needs
Structural Detection of Welded Steel Regions

A non-destructive test mechanism is needed to detect fracture toughness, hardness, and microstructure properties of 1/8" steel weld zones. The device must measure the characteristics of flash upset welding of steel. In addition, the standalone technology should not function in a continuous, in-line...

NASA Ames Research Center is home to the world’s seventh most powerful supercomputer, Pleiades. Named after the star cluster, it represents NASA’s state-of-the-art technology for meeting...

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp., Concord, MA, has introduced SolidWorks® 2012 3D design software that features improvements in assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing,...

William Allen, senior engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is the mechanical systems design lead on the Mars Science...

In our annual poll of executives in the Analysis & Simulation Software market, we asked our experts about growth in a struggling economy, how software is evolving, strides in...

Podcasts
William Allen, Senior Engineer, Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

William Allen, senior engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is the mechanical systems design lead on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), NASA’s biggest, most expensive, and most capable Mars rover. The rover is set to launch...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Electronics Category Winner
iPecs Michael Leydet,
College Park Industries, Fraser, MI

The College Park Industries iPecs® (In telligent Prosthetic Endo-Skeletal Com ponent System) is a medical research device that will provide...

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