Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
2010 Create the Future Design Contest Winners E-Book

The 2010 Create the Future Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., PTC, and Tech Briefs Media Group (publishers of NASA Tech Briefs), recognized innovation in product design in six categories: Consumer Products, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Safety & Security, Sustainable Technologies,...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

An engineering team at Oregon State University has invented a new type of radiation detection and measurement device that will be useful for cleanup of sites with radioactive contamination - making...

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A Self-Repairing Solar Cell

Photoelectrochemical cells convert sunlight into electricity, but their light-absorbing dyes, called chromophores, eventually degrade because of sunlight exposure. For plant cells, the degradation of chromophores isn't a big deal - they simply self-regenerate.

Now, Purdue researchers are in the early stages of...

Briefs: Energy

A new tire is made from helical springs, requires no air or rubber, and consumes nearly zero energy. The spring tire provides greater traction in sandy and/or rocky soil, can operate in microgravity and under harsh conditions,...

Products

Siemens PLM Software, Plano, TX, has released Solid Edge® software ST3, a hybrid 2D/3D design tool that features the company’s Synchronous Technology (ST), which accelerates product design, streamlines...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Oriel® (Stratford, CT) has announced a new uniformity measurement tool for measuring the uniformity of irradiance at the sample plane of solar simulators. The new PV tool is equipped...

Products: Photonics/Optics

RGB combiners from CASIX Inc. (Fuzhou, Fujian, China) combine the three fundamental colors (Red, Green and Blue) to produce the desired visible color output through the proper modulator (e.g. LCD, LCOS). It could be potentially...

Products: Photonics/Optics

TRUMPF’s (Farmington, CT) has expanded its lineup of diode pumped disk lasers with the TruMicro 5250 compact picosecond (ps) laser. The ps-laser is based on disk technology and combines 6 ps pulses with a diffraction...

Products: Photonics/Optics

New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) has introduced its M3-F focus module for miniature OEM cameras used in handheld products; portable biometric sensors; targeting, surveillance and security systems; and medical...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Semrock (Rochester, NY) has released four new optical filter sets for fluorescence imaging which enable the choice of substantially increased brightness or enhanced contrast when imaging the fluorescent...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Opto Diode Corporation (Newbury Park, CA) has developed the first in a series of high power LED arrays, the OD-850-30-030. The new 30- die near-infrared (NIR) LED array delivers more efficient operation and...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The C10000-601 and C10000-701 series TDI (time delay integration) cameras from Hamamatsu (Bridgewater, NJ) feature back-thinned CCD image sensors with 4096 horizontal pixels and 128 TDI stages (vertical...

Products: Photonics/Optics

FLIR Systems (Wilsonville, OR) has launched its ChromaNox line of EMCCD low light security cameras. Incorporating advanced EMCCD (electron multiplied CCD) technology, the ChromaNox cameras are available in VGA...

Products: Photonics/Optics

A new add-on module for Ocean Optics’ (Dunedin, FL) SpectraSuite Spectrometer Operating Software allows users of the company’s miniature spectrometers and Jaz optical sensing systems to calculate...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Ophir-Spiricon (Logan, UT) announced recently that Beam-Gage®, the company's next generation laser beam analysis software, now supports the XEVA InGaAs NIR Camera for demanding applications. XEVA delivers high...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Dayoptics (Fuzhou, Fujian, China) manufactures high-power polarization beamsplitter cubes (PBS) based on optical bonding technology which can withstand >15J/cm2 @1064nm 20ns, 20Hz. The advantages...

Products: Photonics/Optics

DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has launched a new series within its Genieô line of GigE Vision®-compliant cameras designed for high-speed color acquisition with uncompromised image...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Leybold Optics (Cary, NC) is now offering direct monitoring on box coaters with planet (double rotation) configuration. Optical monitoring is used in optical thin film production, in addition to...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Bridger Photonics (Bozeman, MT) has announced a new line of absolute distance measurement systems, called the SLM Series. These systems are capable of ultra-high resolution length and thickness measurements...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Labsphere’s (North Sutton, NH) new thermal/optical/electrical LED Measurement Systems (TOCS) enables measurement of optical properties as a function of temperature and operating current using a single instrument. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Brimrose (Sparks, MD) has developed a miniature high speed Process AOTF-NIR (Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter Near Infrared) Analyzer, 7030-IP55, that performs ON-LINE measurement with extreme accuracy. The rugged solid-state...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Goodrich Corporation’s ISR Systems Princeton team (formerly Sensors Unlimited) (Princeton, NJ) has introduced a high-sensitivity, mil-hardened, indium gallium arsenide (In-GaAs) shortwave infrared...

NASA Tech Needs

Innovations in materials, structures, and systems concepts have enabled buoyant vehicles to play an expanding role in planning NASA’s future Solar System Exploration Program. Balloons and aerobots...

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Steven Schmidt, Director, Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (DAOF), Palmdale, CA

Steven Schmidt joined NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in 1994 as a project engineer and manager on programs such as the X-33, X-38, X-43A, F-15 Advanced Control Technology for Integrated Vehicles, and the SR-71. Between January 2002 and August 2004...

Articles: Software
A Stagnant Market?

A number of the executives we polled indicated that the CAD market has become a “mature” market, meaning that the number of truly innovative improvements in the...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Titanium:Sapphire (Ti:S)-based laser systems have revolutionized ultrafast research from biological imaging to high energy physics. Ti:S has a very broad gain bandwidth (680-1080 nm) but many...

Who's Who: Aerospace

Steven Schmidt joined NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in 1994 as a project engineer and manager on programs such as the X-33, X-38, X-43A, F-15...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
Extra-Vehicular Activity Space Suit Simulator (S3)
Aurora Flight Sciences
Cambridge, MA
703-396-6304
www.aurora.aero

Aurora Flight Sciences has teamed up with...

Application Briefs: Software
Engineering Review Board Information System (ERBIS)
a.i. solutions
Lanham, MD
301-306-1756
www.ai-solutions.com

Managing the people, data, and activities...

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