Keyword: Durability

NASA Spinoff: Energy
NASA Technology

“It all started with ecological life support systems for exploration,” says David Bubenheim, a senior research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Sometimes referred...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
SpaceCube Version 1.5

SpaceCube 1.5 is a high-performance and low-power system in a compact form factor. It is a hybrid processing system consisting of CPU (central processing unit), FPGA (field-programmable gate array), and DSP (digital signal processor) processing elements. The primary processing engine is the Virtex-5 FX100T FPGA, which has...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Multimode Directional Coupler for Utilization of Harmonic Frequencies From TWTAs

A novel waveguide multimode directional coupler (MDC) intended for the measurement and potential utilization of the second and higher order harmonic frequencies from high-power traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) has been successfully designed, fabricated, and...

Products: Lighting

EYE Lighting International (Mentor, Ohio) has announced the introduction of Aphos™ brand LED luminaires. Ideal for parking garages, parking lots, warehouses and similar applications, the rugged luminaires are designed with...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Miniaturized, High-Speed, Modulated X-Ray Source

A low-cost, miniature x-ray source has been developed that can be modulated in intensity from completely off to full intensity on nanosecond timescales. This modulated x-ray source (MXS) has no filaments and is extremely rugged. The energy level of the MXS is adjustable from 0 to more than 100...

Products: Lighting

Wilbrecht LEDCO (St. Paul, MN), has introduced new bipolar LEDs. The pre-wired assembly of a red, green or yellow bipolar LED and a resistor will work directly off a 120 VAC or 240 VAC line as a LED power...

Products: Lighting

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a high power LED light bar designed to provide blue or white light output.

Application Briefs: Lighting

Fulfilling the brainchild of Ben Davis, chairman of Illuminate the Arts (ITA) and the vision of acclaimed artist Leo Villareal, The Bay Lights, a new LED lighting system that was...

Application Briefs: Imaging

As part of NASA’s Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) missions, video processing technology from GE Intelligent Platforms was deployed onboard NASA’s Global Hawk...

Briefs: Information Technology
Time Manager Software for a Flight Processor

Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data to highlight useful information and suggest conclusions. Accurate timestamps and a timeline of vehicle events are needed to analyze flight data. When data is gathered onboard a rocket, precise time stamping is even...

Products: Lighting

Magnalight.com from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced its explosion-proof BLG-LED-4 LED blasting gun light. Battery powered and mounted to a standard industrial blasting gun, the BLG-LED-4 LED includes a lens...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Thermally Resilient, Broadband Optical Absorber From UV to IR Derived From Carbon Nanostructures

Optical absorber coatings have been developed from carbon-based paints, metal blacks, or glassy carbon. However, such materials are not truly black and have poor absorption characteristics at longer wavelengths. The blackness of such coatings is...

Briefs: Materials
Modular Flooring System

The modular flooring system (MFS) was developed to provide a portable, modular, durable carpeting solution for NASA’s Robotics Alliance Project’s (RAP) outreach efforts. It was also designed to improve and replace a modular flooring system that was too heavy for safe use and transportation. The MFS was developed for...

Briefs: Medical

The rHEALTH technology is designed to shrink an entire hospital testing laboratory onto a handheld device. A physician or healthcare provider performs the test by collecting a fingerstick of blood from a...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their applications are experiencing rapid growth, especially in the area of remote sensing. Advances in propulsion; airframe materials;...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Multi-Wavelength, Multi-Beam, and Polarization-Sensitive Laser Transmitter for Surface Mapping

A multi-beam, multi-color, polarized laser transmitter has been developed for mapping applications. It uses commercial off-the-shelf components for a low-cost approach for a ruggedized laser suitable for field deployment.

Articles: Electronics & Computers

Military systems represent extreme environments for COTS electronic equipment. Many systems involve multiple enclosures, often from different suppliers. Equipment layout, the...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Durable Tactile Glove for Human or Robot Hand

A glove containing force sensors has been built as a prototype of tactile sensor arrays to be worn on human hands and anthropomorphic robot hands. Whereas the force sensors of a prior force-sensing glove are mounted on the outside, the force sensors of this glove are mounted inside, in protective...

Briefs: Materials
Probabilistic Multi-Factor Interaction Model for Complex Material Behavior

Complex material behavior is represented by a single equation of product form to account for interaction among the various factors. The factors are selected by the physics of the problem and the environment that the model is to represent. For example, different factors...

Products: Lighting

The PIL300U-V Series LED power modules from Power Partners, Hudson, MA, provide 300W of output power from a 90-305VAC input range. The PIL300U-V design incorporates high PFC, meeting the requirements for EN61000-3-2....

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Designers of medical equipment using lasers must be careful in their selection of optical components in order to ensure safe and reliable operation. The high power density and narrow wavelength range of...

Articles: Electronics & Computers

Industrial PCs (IPCs) are all about performance, including processors, mass storage performance, and network throughput. In all applications — medical,...

Articles: Electronics & Computers

Ethernet—with a steady migration towards Gigabit Ethernet—is now the defacto choice for today’s “electronic battlefield.” The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s)...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
A Robust Mechanical Sensing System for Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles

The need for autonomous navigation and intelligent control of unmanned sea surface vehicles requires a mechanically robust sensing architecture that is watertight, durable, and insensitive to vibration and shock loading. The sensing system developed here comprises four black...

Briefs: Materials
Ultra-Lightweight Self- Deployable Nanocomposite Structure for Habitat Applications

A document discusses self-deployable, rigidized structures that are ultra-lightweight and have gas barrier properties, space durability, and high impact resistance. Developed here are microcellular-foamed sandwich structures made from nanocomposite shape memory...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Autoignition Chamber for Remote Testing of Pyrotechnic Devices

The autoignition chamber (AIC) performs by remotely heating pyrotechnic devices that can fit the inner diameter of the tube furnace. Two methods, a cold start or a hot start, can be used with this device in autoignition testing of pyrotechnics. A cold start means extending a pyro -...

Articles: Electronics & Computers

The proliferation of FPGAs into the embedded computing industry has opened up many new pathways for designers to design cost-effective systems that will withstand technology upgrades, changes in...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Although a few industrial backplane architectures are already geared for rugged Mil/Aero applications, some design considerations are often required when designing rugged COTS products.

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Articles: Electronics & Computers

While industrial applications typically require high levels of reliability, availability, ruggedness, and longevity, there often is a set of unique system requirements dependent...

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