Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms

Spinoff is NASA’s annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and...

Paired Sleep Tracker and Light Therapy Tools Retrain Circadian Rhythms
Articles : Materials
Shape Memory Alloys Achieve High Force and Precision
Shape Memory Alloys Achieve High Force and Precision

With very little fanfare, a special class of alloys has been finding its way into our daily lives. From indestructible eyewear, to smartphone cameras, to coronary stents, this material is...

Shape Memory Alloys Achieve High Force and Precision
Briefs : Materials
Method Converts Cotton Fabric Waste into Aerogel
Method Converts Cotton Fabric Waste into Aerogel

Aerogels are among the lightest materials in the world, and are highly porous with strong absorption capacity and low thermal conductivity. These unique properties make aerogels highly...

Method Converts Cotton Fabric Waste into Aerogel
Briefs : Medical
Monitor Detects White Blood Cell Levels

One of the major side effects of chemotherapy is a sharp drop in white blood cells, which leaves patients vulnerable to dangerous infections. Chemotherapy patients usually receive a dose every 21 days. After each dose, their white blood cell levels fall and then gradually climb again. Doctors usually only...

Articles : Materials
Army Research Laboratory
Army Research Laboratory

In October 1992, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) was activated, consolidating the seven corporate labs of the Laboratory Command (LABCOM) with other Army research elements to form a centralized laboratory...

Army Research Laboratory
Briefs : Materials
Precision CNT Cutting Mechanism
Precision CNT Cutting Mechanism

NASA Langley Research Center has developed a simple mechanism for the clean cutting of high-strength and high-toughness carbon nanotube/poly-mer fiber composites on demand without high blade wear or...

Precision CNT Cutting Mechanism
Briefs : Aerospace
Video Distribution & Storage Unit (VDSU)

Engineers at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Satellite Services Projects Division (SSPD) have designed a high-performance, space-qualified video distribution and storage unit for Restore-L, a spacecraft that will rendezvous, grasp, refuel, and relocate client spacecraft. While previous...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Corrosion and Coating Evaluation System
Corrosion and Coating Evaluation System

Aircraft coatings are the first line of defense when it comes to mitigating structural corrosion of an air platform. As new coatings are developed — particularly those that contain non-chrome primers...

Corrosion and Coating Evaluation System
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Radiation Detection with Plastic Scintillators
Radiation Detection with Plastic Scintillators

It has been established opinion since the 1950s that organic crystals and liquid scintillators can work for detecting neutrons, but that plastics are not suitable for neutron detection. For...

Radiation Detection with Plastic Scintillators
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Composite Film Enables Windows that Switch from Transparent to Color
Composite Film Enables Windows that Switch from Transparent to Color

Commercial buildings in the United States account for nearly 40% of the total energy consumption. Among them, electricity is the largest energy source for buildings....

Composite Film Enables Windows that Switch from Transparent to Color
Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Transistor Material Provides Additional Computing Degrees of Freedom
Transistor Material Provides Additional Computing Degrees of Freedom

For several decades, improvements in conventional transistor materials have been sufficient to sustain Moore’s Law — the historical pattern of microchip manufacturers...

Transistor Material Provides Additional Computing Degrees of Freedom
Products : Software
New on the Market: June 2018
New on the Market: June 2018

Laser Sensors

The optoNCDT 1750 laser sensors from Micro-Epsilon, Raleigh, NC, feature measuring ranges of 500 and 750 mm for fast, high-precision measurement tasks that require large measuring ranges....

New on the Market: June 2018
Briefs : Medical
Removable Implant May Control Type 1 Diabetes

For the more than 1 million Americans who live with Type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections are literally a matter of life and death. And while there is no cure, a new device may help manage the disease.

Briefs : Materials
Fabrication Process Produces Nanostructures for Electronic Devices
Fabrication Process Produces Nanostructures for Electronic Devices

Demands for improved computer processing power have led researchers to explore both new processes and other materials beyond silicon to produce electronic components....

Fabrication Process Produces Nanostructures for Electronic Devices
Briefs : Propulsion
Offset Compound Gear Inline Two-Speed Drive
Offset Compound Gear Inline Two-Speed Drive

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a simple, lightweight, inline, two-speed drive that can be used either as an overall transmission, or as a supplemental add-on input...

Offset Compound Gear Inline Two-Speed Drive
Briefs : Aerospace
Compact Termination for Structural Soft Goods

Space environments are particularly harsh for the high-strength fibers NASA relies on for soft structures. Kevlar, Nomex, Nylon, and other synthetic fibers are broken down by exposure to the combination of vacuum, atomic oxygen, and ultraviolet radiation. Glass fiber offers unique advantages for...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (CFC)
Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (CFC)

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has created the Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (CFC) that capitalizes on the energy storage capacity of liquefied gases, and the relative simplicity of high-pressure gas bottles while...

Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (CFC)
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Radiation Analysis Software
Radiation Analysis Software

For emergencies involving radiation, decision-makers must have a means to swiftly assess the situation. Having analysis tools that can quickly and reliably make sense of radiation data is of the essence.

Radiation Analysis Software
Briefs : Medical
Non-Invasive Intracranial Pressure Measurement
Non-Invasive Intracranial Pressure Measurement

An acknowledged objective of critical-care medicine is a timely, accurate, readily deployable, cost-effective, and, importantly, safe means of assessing and/or monitoring critical...

Non-Invasive Intracranial Pressure Measurement
Briefs : Materials
Nano-Sized Actuator Lifts Many Times its Weight
Nano-Sized Actuator Lifts Many Times its Weight

Actuators are used in a wide variety of electromechanical systems and in robotics, in applications such as steerable catheters, aircraft wings that adapt to changing conditions, and wind...

Nano-Sized Actuator Lifts Many Times its Weight
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA)
Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA)

NASA Ames Research Center has developed a novel, low-cost, self-contained guidance system for small payload operators. Small satellites are becoming ever more capable of performing valuable missions for both...

Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA)
Briefs : Materials
Low-Alloy, High-Impact-Toughness Steel
Low-Alloy, High-Impact-Toughness Steel

USAF-96 Steel is a low-alloy steel that, when thermally processed with the method described here, has the following typical values: an ultimate tensile strength of 245 ksi, yield strength at 0.2% offset...

Low-Alloy, High-Impact-Toughness Steel
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Painted-on Coating Transforms Walls into Sensors and Interactive Surfaces
Painted-on Coating Transforms Walls into Sensors and Interactive Surfaces

Walls often make up more than half of indoor surface area, especially in residential and office buildings. In addition to delimiting spaces, both for functional and...

Painted-on Coating Transforms Walls into Sensors and Interactive Surfaces
Q&A : Materials
Q&A: OSU's Uranbileg Daalkhaijav Researches How to Rapidly Manufacture Soft Robots

Researchers at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering have taken an important step toward the rapid manufacture of stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.

Briefs : Automotive
Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics
Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics

Power electronics used for routing, control, and conversion of electrical power traditionally utilize silicon semiconductors. These systems tend to be bulky, require active cooling, and are inadequate for...

Ultra-Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics
Articles : Medical
Products of Tomorrow: June 2018
Products of Tomorrow: June 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: June 2018
Briefs : Propulsion
VTOL UAV with the Cruise Efficiency of a Conventional Fixed-Wing UAV
VTOL UAV with the Cruise Efficiency of a Conventional Fixed-Wing UAV

NASA Langley Research Center has developed Greased Lightning, the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that combines vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability with...

VTOL UAV with the Cruise Efficiency of a Conventional Fixed-Wing UAV
Articles : Software
Connecting the Digital Twin: From Idea Through Production, to Customers and Back
Connecting the Digital Twin: From Idea Through Production, to Customers and Back

Rapidly advancing technology and groundbreaking innovations are changing the world of manufacturing. Trends such as Big Data, Cloud Technology, and the Internet...

Connecting the Digital Twin: From Idea Through Production, to Customers and Back
Application Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Parts Key to NASA’s Orion Mission
3D-Printed Parts Key to NASA’s Orion Mission
Stratasys Ltd.
Eden Prairie, MN
www.stratasys.com

Orion is NASA’s spacecraft that will send astronauts to the Moon and beyond. Orion’s next test flight, dubbed Exploration...

3D-Printed Parts Key to NASA’s Orion Mission
Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Ground-Based System Guides UAVs to Avoid Collisions
Ground-Based System Guides UAVs to Avoid Collisions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) averages more than 100 reports a month of interactions between unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and commercial or private planes. For UAS to fly in...

Ground-Based System Guides UAVs to Avoid Collisions