Future missions to Mars that would need a sophisticated lander, hopper, or rover could benefit from the REARM Arch i tecture. The mission concept REARM...

Future sustainable energy generation technologies such as photovoltaic and wind farms require advanced energy storage systems on a massive scale to make...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Reliability of CCGA 1152 and CCGA 1272 Interconnect Packages for Extreme Thermal Environments

Ceramic column grid array (CCGA) packages have been increasing in use based on their advantages of high interconnect density, very good thermal and electrical performance, and compatibility with standard surface-mount packaging assembly processes. CCGA...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Using a Blender to Assess the Microbial Density of Encapsulated Organisms

There are specific NASA requirementsfor source-specific encapsulated microbial density for encapsulated organisms in non-metallic materials. Projects such as the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) that use large volumes of non-metallic materials of planetary protection concern...

Briefs: Software
Sasquatch Footprint Tool

The Crew Exploration Vehicle Parachute Assembly System (CPAS) is the parachute system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The test program consists of numerous drop tests, wherein a test article rigged with parachutes is extracted or released from an aircraft. During such tests, range safety is paramount, as is the...

Briefs: Software
Galactic Cosmic Ray Event- Based Risk Model (GERM) Code

This software describes the transport and energy deposition of the passage of galactic cosmic rays in astronaut tissues during space travel, or heavy ion beams in patients in cancer therapy. Space radiation risk is a probability distribution, and time-dependent biological events must be...

Briefs: Software
Multi-User Space Link Extension (SLE) System

The Multi-User Space (MUS) Link Extension system, a software and data system, provides Space Link Extension (SLE) users with three space data transfer services in timely, complete, and offline modes as applicable according to standards defined by the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems...

Briefs: Information Technology
Control Software for Piezo Stepping Actuators

A control system has been developed for the Space Interferometer Mission (SIM) piezo stepping actuator. Piezo stepping actuators are novel because they offer extreme dynamic range (centimeter stroke with nanometer resolution) with power, thermal, mass, and volume advantages over existing motorized...

Briefs: Information Technology
Optimization of Turbine Blade Dovetail Geometry

The reliability of a gas or steam turbine is strongly dependent on the structural design of its blades. In land-based power generation units, turbine blades are connected to the turbine disk by...

Briefs: Information Technology
Mixed Integer Programming and Heuristic Scheduling for Space Communication

Optimal planning and scheduling for a communication network was created where the nodes within the network are communicating at the highest possible rates while meeting the mission requirements and operational constraints. The planning and scheduling problem was...

Briefs: Information Technology
Video Altimeter and Obstruction Detector for an Aircraft

Video-based altimetric and obstructiondetection systems for aircraft have been partially developed. The hardware of a system of this type includes a downward-looking video camera, a video digitizer, a Global Positioning System receiver or other means of measuring the aircraft velocity...

In many laser-based types of bioinstrumentation, including flow cytometers, confocal microscopes, and array readers for proteomics, laser output is delivered to the system’s final optics...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Calibration of 2D Cameras for 3D Inspection

In many applications, 2D cameras are used to produce 3D imaging for general purpose inspections. There are numerous 3D inspection applications. Some of them include reverse engineering, electronics...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High Performance Laser Systems

Edmund Optics® (EO) (Barrington, NJ) is now offering Coherent® High Performance OBIS™ Laser Systems. The High Performance OBIS Laser Systems feature the same compact design used for all wavelength options,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Compact Laser Modules

The ZM12 range of small industrial laser modules from Z-LASER (Freiburg, Germany) is designed for industrial manufacturing processes such as laser marking or machine vision applications where superior quality and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Turnkey Laser Systems

Superior heat dissipation and maximum durability are just two of the advantages of BEA Lasers’ (Elk Grove Village, IL) new MIL Series turnkey laser system. Offered in either 650nm (red) or 532nm (green) laser light,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
2013 Infrared Handbook

FLIR Systems (Croissy-Beaubourg, France) has announced an updated 2013 edition of its popular Infrared Handbook for R&D Professionals. Although infrared radiation (IR) is not detectable by the human eye, an IR camera...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Solar Blind Filters

Optical Filter Source (OFS) (Austin, TX), teaming with Pellicori Optical Consulting (POC) (Santa Barbara, CA) has developed and demonstrated solar-blind UV filters for applications in the wavelength range covering the UV...

Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto, Japan) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kyocera Crystal Device Corporation, in charge of development and manufacturing of crystal devices, has succeeded in...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Color Filter Stacks

Reynard Corporation (San Clemente, CA) recently introduced ColorLock™ color filter stacks. These filters utilize the transmission and blocking characteristics of two or more specialty designed filter glass types to...

Products: Photonics/Optics
UV Hybrid Fiber Laser

Spectra-Physics® (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced the Quasar, a breakthrough hybrid fiber laser that delivers high UV power at high repetition rates with TimeShift™ technology for precise micromachining. Combining...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode Modules

The new range of laser diode modules from the Optoelectronics Company (Henham, UK) combines a high performance Opnext (OCLARO) laser diode with quality, externally adjustable optics, a Panasonic a spher ical glass lens,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Current DC Interference Filter

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) presents its new 2300 A FMER SOL interference filter. In addition, the series is now offered without ground capacitors to safely prevent any leakage of current to ground. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Xenon-Ruby Lenses

Schneider Optics (Hauppauge, NY) has introduced new, lightweight and cost-efficient Xenon-Ruby C-mount lenses available in four focal lengths: 2.2/10mm, 2.3/16mm, 2.2/25mm and 2.3/35mm . Suitable for use in a wide range of...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital Camera

Point Grey (Richmond, BC, Canada) recently introduced the new Blackfly camera. The first model BLFY-PGE-13E4 features a 1.3 MP, 60 fps, CMOS global shutter sensor available in both monochrome and color, and less than 2W power...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Hyperspectral CMOS Camera

Imec (Leuven, Belgium) is currently sampling the line scan version of its hyperspectral imaging solution, offering a ready-to-use evaluation kit to the industry to line scan and analyze specific sample material....

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Resolution Infrared Cameras

DRS Technologies, Inc. (Arlington, VA) has expanded its Tamarisk® product line by introducing the high-resolution Tamarisk®640, which is designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to incorporate...

Products: Photonics/Optics
MEMS Emitter

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) has introduced a new MEMs Pulsed Emitter (MPE), a broadband source of quasi-black body pulsed light that operates over the 1 to 20 micron infrared (IR) spectrum. Designed with patented,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
638nm Fiber-Coupled Tailored Bar Modules

DILAS (Mainz, Germany) now delivers 40W output power from a T-bar based 638nm 400-micron/0.22NA, fiber-coupled module used for cinema projection. Through the optimization of semiconductor chip...

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