Keyword: Command, Control, and Navigation Systems

Robotics, Automation & Control

Special Reports: RF & Microwave Electronics
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Facility Focus: Propulsion
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
Articles: Energy
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.
Blog: RF & Microwave Electronics
UW doctoral student Melanie Anderson explains how to make an autonomous 'Smellicopter' to navigate toward smells.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This detector could help robots, drones, and self-driving cars avoid collisions.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
Articles: Weapons Systems
The NiobiCon™ underwater connector will not short out, corrode, or cause an electrical shock if touched while powered in harsh environments like saltwater.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Jacobs' scientists are helping to make contract-tracing apps, emergency-use ventilators, and even squid-bots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This system can be used for long-range or high-payload deliveries as well as search and rescue.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Future robots could be taught how to outperform humans.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
See how tantalum disulfide is supporting new kinds of optics, and potentially new kinds of application for VR and self-driving cars.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers.
NASA Spinoff: Test & Measurement
NASA's UAS traffic management expertise leads to advances in drone navigation.
Podcasts: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Before delivery drones start carrying packages (and passenger drones start delivering ourselves), engineers will need to keep refining an unmanned aircraft's ability...

Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Aerospace & Defense - September 2020

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology, you'll learn about the technology driving the Mars 2020 rover, how NASA will use GPS to...

Briefs: Transportation
This technique offers enhanced resolution and improved system reliability for mapping and obstacle recognition and navigation for vehicles.
Briefs: Defense
Multiple commercial applications include defense, search and rescue, and disaster relief.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Can NASA "joystick" the landing of the next Mars rover? A Tech Briefs reader asks our NASA expert.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Exploring Mars - July 2020

As NASA prepares this week to launch its latest robotic rover to the Red Planet, we are excited to present this commemorative publication chronicling – through historic images and video – six decades of Mars...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Soldiers tend to dodge, dive, duck, and run, creating motion measurement challenges.
Articles: Test & Measurement
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Articles: Aerospace
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Articles: Imaging
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
Articles: Aerospace
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
News: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Tech Briefs reader asks: What's next with military motion control?
Who's Who: Communications

On December 6, 2015, two small satellites, or CubeSats, successfully launched to the International Space Station. As part of NASA’s...

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