News : Photonics/Optics
Optical System Enables Imaging of Ultrafast Phenomena

A new, all-optical method for compressing narrow electron pulses to a billionth of a billionth of a second could improve real-time movies of chemical reactions and other ultrafast processes.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
NASA's EPIC Camera Captures Developing Tropical Lows

NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) captured three developing tropical low-pressure areas in the Indian Ocean. The EPIC instrument flies aboard NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. EPIC views the entire sunlit face of the Earth from sunrise to sunset in 10...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: December 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just...

Articles : Aerospace
Multiphysics Software Models Mean Flow Augmented Acoustics in Rocket Systems

Combustion instability in solid rocket motors and liquid engines is a complication that continues to plague designers and engineers. Many rocket systems experience violent fluctuations in pressure, velocity, and temperature originating from the complex interactions...

Application Briefs : Aerospace
NASA Turns to 3D Metal Printing for SLS Propulsion Program
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS)
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
Valencia, CA

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is currently leading the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) program, which is building a...

Application Briefs : Aerospace
NASA Leverages Analytical Modeling to Improve Astronaut Mission Readiness
Probabilistic modeling
Charles River Analytics
Cambridge, MA

NASA has contracted with Charles River Analytics to develop a system to measure and assess astronaut workload. The system for Cognitive Assessment and...

Articles : Aerospace
Top Prizes Awarded in the Create the Future Design Contest

Top prizes in the 2015 Create the Future Design Contest were awarded on November 6 in New York City. The Grand Prize winner, and winners in seven categories, took home awards for their innovative design ideas.

Spinoff : Aerospace
Supercritical Wing Design Cuts Billions in Fuel Costs

NASA-developed wing design is used worldwide by commercial airlines.

Langley Research Center aeronautics engineer Richard T. Whitcomb was 34 when he did something no other single person could do. Whitcomb overcame the aviation challenge of the day — the so-called sound barrier....

Articles : Aerospace
Vote for Tech Briefs' 21st Annual Readers' Choice Awards

Each December, we ask our readers to cast their vote for the annual NASA Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards. Each month, our editors choose a Product of the Month that has exceptional technical merit and practical value for our design engineering readers.

Products : Aerospace
Product of the Month: December 2015

Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, introduced series E36100 compact DC power supplies that offer LAN and USB interfaces and reliable power for testing and validating designs. Five models feature up to 100 V or 5 A output. Design and validation engineers can use the supplies to power devices under test...

Imaging Technology : Imaging
High-Speed ‘Electron Camera’ Captures Motion — One Quadrillionth of a Second at a Time

Using a method known as ultrafast electron diffraction (UED), a scientific instrument at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, located in Menlo Park, CA, reveals nature’s high-speed processes, including phase changes and...

Imaging Technology : Imaging
Finding the Right Lens: The Factors to Focus On

A sharp image requires more than just a good camera; it also takes the right lens. Several aspects must be considered to make sure that the camera and lens work perfectly together and fit a specific application.

Application Briefs : Imaging
From 2D to 3D: MARVEL Tool Offers Immersive View Inside the Brain

Thanks to a partnership between a surgeon and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a new camera system could improve minimally invasive surgeries and provide 3D endoscopic images of the brain.

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Choosing the Right Potentiometer for Reliable Sensing

A potentiometer sensor is an electromechanical component that consists of a resistor where the voltage divider value can be measured at any position by means of sliding contacts between the applied voltage values. Physically, a potentiometer consists, at a minimum, of a resistance track, a...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Embedded Virtualization Enables Highly Integrated “Soft Motion” Platforms on the PC

With the increased processing power that PCs have attained, a complex machine that used to require an expensive and dedicated hardware-based motion control solution can now be accomplished on a multicore PC running on a real-time operating system (RTOS).

Imaging Technology : Imaging
Imaging Software

ARM-based Z series Smart Cameras from Vision Components (Ettlingen, Germany/ Hudson, NH) are now available with HALCON Embedded software. The software features an integrated development environment and a comprehensive library for blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, and identification.

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CMOS Cameras

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) has announced new industrial cameras equipped with the Sony Full HD WDR Sensor IMX174. The cameras are available as GigE (PoE) and USB 3 versions in monochrome and color. At full HD, the devices achieve a maximum frame rate of 54 fps; at VGA resolution up to 120 fps. Barcode software, for on-screen...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Multi-Screen Imaging

The Transcoder Gateway from Pleora Technologies (Kanata, ON, Canada) transmits GigE Vision and USB3 Vision video to any playback device, including tablets and smartphones. While preserving the high-quality video required for processing and analysis, the image feed is converted into the H.264 compression format and...

Products : Imaging
USB3 Cameras

Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany/Exton, PA) has released the Basler pulse. Weighing 60 g and measuring 38.8 × 28.2 mm (diameter × length), the camera is available with either global or rolling shutter CMOS sensors, resolutions of up to 5 MP, and frame rates of up to 54 fps. The metal housing includes a tripod socket and a CS-mount lens...

Products : Imaging
Imaging Filters

TECHSPEC® Imaging Filters from Edmund Optic® (Barrington, NJ) pass or block specific UV, visible, or IR wavelengths and provide wide angles of incidence. Optimized for use with popular LEDs, the RoHS-compliant filters feature an optical density of >3.0. TECHSPEC Imaging Filters, manufactured using an ionbeam sputtering...

Imaging Technology : Manufacturing & Prototyping
High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has updated its UHS-Series line of 1-megapixel (1Mpx) cameras. The Phantom v2512, v2012, v1612, and v1212 cameras are now available with either 72GB, 144GB, or 288GB of memory. Vision Research’s 1TB and 2TB CineMag IV allow users to quickly record data to a large amount of non-volatile storage....

Imaging Technology : Imaging
Radiation-Hard Lenses

The new Model 346 non-browning lens from Resolve Optics Ltd. (Chesham, UK) operates with color sensors in areas subject to radiation. The lens uses special glass that withstands long-term exposure to radiation up to a dose of 100 million radians and temperatures to 55°C without discoloration. Able to operate at f/2, the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Line-Scan Cameras

Teledyne DALSA (Waterloo, ON, Canada) has expanded its Linea™ line scan cameras to include a new 8k GigE Vision model. The Linea 8k uses Teledyne DALSA’s CMOS sensor with 7.04 × 7.04 μm pixel size. The camera achieves a maximum line rate of up to 45 kHz. Cycling mode allows users to cycle through preset camera parameters,...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Cameras

The EyeCheck Thermo smart camera from EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) features 8 inputs/outputs and a tolerance of up to 24V. Available resolutions include 320 × 240 (EC Thermo 800) and 640 × 480 (EC Thermo 1000). The camera’s uncooled microbolometer LWIR array has a spectral band of 8 to 14 μm. Other features include a programmable...

Imaging Technology : Imaging
High-Speed Cameras

The FASTCAM Mini AX200 from Photron (San Diego, CA) features 1,024 × 1,024 pixel resolution at 6,400 frames per second (fps). The 12-bit CMOS sensor with 20 μm square pixels square aspect ratio supports microscopy and fiber-optic applications. Weighing 3.3 lbs and measuring 4.7 × 4.7 × 3.7", the FASTCAM Mini AX200 includes...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Frame Grabbers

AVC-2 frame grabbers from VRmagic (Mannheim, Germany) transmit converted digital signals in real time via composite, Y/C, or Svideo, in monochrome or color mode. The VRmAVC-2 is supplied with power via its USB connection and is available as an OEM model and model with housing. The integrated 64 MB memory ensures a stable...

Imaging Technology : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CMOS Cameras

Andor Technology (Belfast, Ireland/Concord, MA) has announced the Zyla 4.2 PLUS Scientific CMOS (sCMOS) camera. The Zyla 4.2 PLUS delivers a sustained 53 fps at full resolution through a USB 3.0 interface. New on-camera intelligence offers linearity improvements, providing quantitative measurement across the full dynamic...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
CMOS Cameras

SMARTEK Vision (Cakovec, Croatia/New London, CT) has added GCP2061 and GCP2046 models to its Giganetix Plus camera series. The new industrial cameras are equipped with the Sony Pregius Exmor IMX250 and IMX252 sensors. With a high dynamic range of 70.9 dB and a readnoise value of 2.3 e-, the models support outdoor and...

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Dr. Santo A. Padula, Materials Research Engineer, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Santo Padula has developed testing techniques to support the development of advanced materials like metallic foams and shape memory alloys (SMAs). SMAs are metals that “remember” their original shape. With the application of heat, a deformed SMA...

Dr. Santo A. Padula, Materials Research Engineer, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Dr. Santo Padula has developed testing techniques to support the development of advanced materials like metallic foams and shape memory alloys (SMAs). SMAs are metals that “remember” their original shape. With the application of heat, a deformed SMA...

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