Briefs : Information Technology
Web Application: Ground Hardware Management Tool

An integrated ground support equipment (GSE) tracking and management tool is designed for tracking and managing GSE data used in support of KSC/Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) planning and launch campaigns. This software (the Ground Hardware Management Tool, GHMT) will be fully...

Briefs : Software
Bird Vision System

About 2.5 seconds after the launch of STS-114, the first Return to Flight launch after the Columbia accident, a large bird struck the external tank and fell into the exhaust plume. While this particular bird strike did not threaten the vehicle because it did not strike the orbiter, it did raise awareness of the threat of avian...

Briefs : Information Technology
Fully Implicit Ablation and Thermal Analysis Program, Version 3 (FIAT v3)

FIAT v3 simulates one-dimensional thermal energy transport through a multilayer stack of thermal protection materials, bonding materials, metallic or composite structures, air gaps, and/or insulations. The outer surface encounters aerothermal heating from hypersonic flow,...

Briefs : Information Technology
CFD Utility Software Library

Originating as the Aerodynamics Division Software Library of the 1980s and -90s, this software is a collection of more than 100 software applications, many of them for manipulating the grids and flow solutions associated with computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Underlying these applications are about 30 libraries...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Improved Detection of Kidney Stones Using S-mode Ultrasound

Ultrasound has been a useful tool in the detection of kidney stones. It is a low-cost solution that does not require ionizing radiation that would be harmful to vulnerable populations such as children and recurrent stone formers. However, it suffers from a broad range of sensitivity (78...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Vector Network Analyzer Calibration for Quasi-Optical Dual Ports

It is desirable to measure the electromagnetic properties of devices and materials in the millimeter part of the spectrum. For guided wave-based devices and materials (waveguides, coaxial devices), a vector network analyzer (VNA) is an excellent tool for this purpose since it...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Measurement of the Mechanical Properties of Thin Film Polymers at Cryogenic Temperatures

The measurement of structural properties of materials at cryogenic temperatures is a daunting task. The measurement of thin films at low temperatures is even harder. Current practices of immersing the material in a cryogenic fluid and then removing and...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Estimation of Algae Growth Stage, Growth Rate, and Lipid Content

This invention provides a method using light of different wavelengths to estimate freshwater and marine algae growth stage and algae growth rates as well as lipid content in standard media. Light absorption by the algae is measured for a specified light intensity in each of two or...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Isotopic Biomarkers for Rapid Assessment of Bone Mineral Balance in Biomedical Applications

Development of new treatments for metabolic bone disease, and evaluation of the effectiveness of existing therapies in individual patients, are severely hampered by the lack of any reliable tool for quickly measuring changes in bone mineral balance in...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Optically Modulated Miniature Magnetometer

The optically modulated miniature magnetometer (OMMM) is intended to replace two separate instruments (each with their respective mass and power allotments) that are commonly needed together for scientific studies of magnetic fields — a triaxial fluxgate vector magnetometer and an optically pumped...

Products : Aerospace
Products of Tomorrow: August 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
Connectivity in Aircraft Interior Electronic Systems

The use of high-density, lightweight fiber optics is increasing in networks and electronic systems for equipping aircraft interiors.

The civil aviation market comprises commercial passenger planes, cargo planes, private planes, private jets, and helicopters. Design engineers strive to...

Articles : Aerospace
Servo Motors Help Launch Vehicles Optimize Fuel
Servo motors
MICROMO (the FAULHABER Group)
Clearwater, FL
800-807-9166
www.micromo.com

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) builds economical launch vehicles like the Falcon 9 to carry a range of payloads into orbit. One way to control cost is by optimizing fuel...

Application Briefs : Aerospace
Electrical Connectors Provide Signal Integrity for Orion
KA Series PCB connectors and D-Sub Series connectors
Smiths Connectors
Costa Mesa, CA
714-371-1100
www.smithsconnectors.com

Development of NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle was a complex undertaking involving a vast number of subcontractors across...

Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom 3D Printers Revolutionize the Space Supply Chain

NASA Technology

Like a desert caravan, a space flight crew has to bring with it everything it will need over the course of its journey into an utterly barren environment. This has always meant allotting room for every gyroscope or astrolabe, every LED housing or oil lamp. In space...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: August 2015

Microchip Technology, Chandler, AZ, offers the PAC1921 high-side current/power sensor with both a digital output and a configurable analog output that can present power, current, or voltage over a single output pin. Power-related output values are also available over the 2-Wire digital bus, which is compatible...

Articles : Motion Control
What Engineers and Customers Need from a Motion Control System

In the automation industry, engineers strive every day to advance their process and products. Engineers have to select components, learn and use many tools to construct their automation systems, and support the systems in production. More importantly, to be successful and...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
The Increasing Use of Electrical Actuators in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Hydraulic and pneumatic systems have traditionally been the market leader in providing power in the aerospace and defense industry because of their low cost and high power density. But in recent years, attention has been focused on the limitations of hydraulic...

Articles : Test & Measurement
Every Measurement Starts with a Trigger

One important requirement for instruments like oscilloscopes is the ability to detect and trigger on an event of interest within a stream of unsuspicious signals fast and reliably. The quicker a specific event can be detected, the faster a problem in an electronic design can be debugged, reducing...

Articles : Test & Measurement
Using Hardware Handshaking to Reduce ATE Test Times

With advances in technology, ATE systems are becoming more widely used across a range of industries including manufacturing, avionics, aerospace, military, and defense. ATE systems are efficient and can be incredibly useful, allowing quick and accurate testing that communicates across a set of...

Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Motion Controller Automates Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

A flexible hydrostatic test system for the oil and gas industry must precisely measure a wide range of pressures. Because the items tested vary widely, most testing is done manually. A test engineer sets appropriate parameters, and a skilled operator adjusts the pumping system for the...

Products : Test & Measurement
Surface Measurement

AMETEK Taylor Hobson (Leicester, UK) offers the Surtronic Duo surface measurement system, which consists of the Surtronic R-Series roundness and form tester (for bearing parts) and the Surtronic S-100 portable roughness tester with USB connectivity. The instrument uses a diamond stylus that is drawn across a part with a...

Products : Test & Measurement
Carbon Monoxide Monitors

The AQM-103 series of carbon monoxide monitors from OMEGA Engineering (Stamford, CT) are designed to measure CO concentration, humidity, and air temperature. The CE-compliant devices feature a large LCD display that shows CO level, humidity, temperature, date, and time with programmable high alarm and audible/visible LED...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electronic Micrometer

Paul N. Gardner Co. (Pompano Beach FL) introduced the Fowler Xtra-Value II electronic micrometer with a choice of measuring range, and an LCD with an inch/metric switchable resolution. A switchable resolution of 0.00005" and 0.001 mm, and an accuracy of 0.00016"/0.004 mm, are provided. Carbide measuring faces provide long...

Products : Test & Measurement
Source Measure Unit

Yokogawa Corporation of America (Sugar Land, TX) introduced the GS820 multi-channel source measure unit (SMU) that features isolated 2-channel source and measurement functions. The unit sources up to 50 Volts and 0.6 Amps DC, and offers four-quadrant operation consisting of current source and current sink operation. On the...

Products : Test & Measurement
Digital Transceiver

The V616 digital transceiver from Innovative Integration (Camarillo, CA) supports one or two plug-in modules, each featuring four independent channels of DDC, two DUC, and one spectrum analyzer embedded in the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. It allows users to monitor the wide-band or narrow-band spectrum and record the data directly...

Products : Test & Measurement
Vector Network Analyzer

Keysight Technologies (Santa Rosa, CA) announced a new capability that adds a high-performance spectrum analyzer to the PNA and PNA-X Series of microwave vector network analyzers (VNAs). This capability reduces test times and simplifies system connections. It adds high-speed spurious measurements in the instrument used to...

Products : Test & Measurement
Gas Monitor

The GSM-60 from ENMET, LLC (Ann Arbor, MI) is a microprocessor-based gas monitor designed for use in industrial process, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor applications. The system incorporates an internal sample draw pump and gas sensors. It can be custom-configured with both internal and external sensors for monitoring a...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Moisture Analyzer

The MS-70 400-Watt halogen moisture balance from Tovatech (Maplewood, NJ) is designed for quality control when testing materials such as plastic resins, where moisture content specifications are tight. The thermogravimetric analyzer calculates moisture content by loss of weight on drying. It provides resolution to 0.0001g...

Products : Test & Measurement
Laser Micrometer

Micro-Epsilon (Raleigh, NC) offers the optoCONTROL 2520 compact laser micrometer with integrated controller and a Web interface that runs on HTML5 instead of Java. It features a 46-mm measuring range and a maximum transmitter/ receiver distance of up to 2 m. The Web browser interface for configuration and setup does not require...

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