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Articles : Energy
Products of Tomorrow: August 2019
Products of Tomorrow: August 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: August 2019
Articles : Electronics & Computers
Module or Discrete Power?
Module or Discrete Power?

Engineers today are feeling the pressure to get more done in less time, be experts in multiple disciplines, and use their resources more efficiently to maximize profits. This environment is shifting the way...

Module or Discrete Power?
Articles : Automotive
Simulation of Autonomous Vehicles
Simulation of Autonomous Vehicles

The emergence of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Automated Driving (AD) systems is gradually preparing consumers for a time where they relinquish control of their vehicles. A heated source of...

Simulation of Autonomous Vehicles
Articles : Energy
Facility Focus: National Energy Technology Laboratory
Facility Focus: National Energy Technology Laboratory

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory — with sites in Anchorage, AK; Albany, OR; Morgantown, WV; and Pittsburgh, PA...

Facility Focus: National Energy Technology Laboratory
Articles : Software
Image-Analysis Software Sees Cancer in 3D
Image-Analysis Software Sees Cancer in 3D

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields of health...

Image-Analysis Software Sees Cancer in 3D
Articles : Imaging
Image Warping Caused by Heat-Induced Turbulence
Image Warping Caused by Heat-Induced Turbulence

It is well known from astronomical imaging that various atmospheric conditions and weather effects have an impact on image quality. This is due to local changes of the refractive index of the...

Image Warping Caused by Heat-Induced Turbulence
Articles : Electronics & Computers
The Sensors Behind the GEN II Wearable Device
The Sensors Behind the GEN II Wearable Device

The population is aging and more people need healthcare support, which is having a big impact on the overall cost of medical care. As a result, authorities and health insurance companies are...

The Sensors Behind the GEN II Wearable Device
Articles : Aerospace
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: On to Mars
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: On to Mars

Just 54 years ago, the first photograph of Mars from a passing spacecraft appeared to show a hazy atmosphere. Now, decades of exploration on the planet itself has shown it to be a...

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: On to Mars
Spinoff : Imaging
Apollo 11 History Archive Helps Virtual Reality Program Come to Life
Apollo 11 History Archive Helps Virtual Reality Program Come to Life

Spinoff is NASA’s annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and...

Apollo 11 History Archive Helps Virtual Reality Program Come to Life
Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

On September 1, 1961, NASA requested appropriations for initial land purchases on Merritt Island on Florida’s east coast to support the Apollo Lunar Landing Program. Designers quickly began developing...

NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center
Articles : Aerospace
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Getting There, To a New Era of Space Exploration
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Getting There, To a New Era of Space Exploration

For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a human spacecraft for deep-space missions that will usher in a new era of space...

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Getting There, To a New Era of Space Exploration
Articles : Imaging
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: An Astronaut's View
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: An Astronaut's View

Before becoming an astronaut candidate in 1996, Mike Massimino was busy earning degrees — an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and four additional degrees from...

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: An Astronaut's View
Articles : Aerospace
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: The Next Giant Leap
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: The Next Giant Leap

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon...

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: The Next Giant Leap
Articles : Communications
Products of Tomorrow: July 2019
Products of Tomorrow: July 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: July 2019
Articles : Test & Measurement
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Back to the Moon
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Back to the Moon

The Moon is a treasure chest of science. The lunar samples returned during the Apollo program dramatically changed our view of the solar system, yet they just scratch the...

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Back to the Moon
Articles : Test & Measurement
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Exploring Apollo's Impact Beyond 'One Small Step'
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Exploring Apollo's Impact Beyond 'One Small Step'

On July 20, 1969, humans walked on another world for the first time in history. After a landing that included dodging a lunar crater and boulder...

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11: Exploring Apollo's Impact Beyond 'One Small Step'
Photonics & Imaging Technology : Test & Measurement
Inspection of Bulk Material with Trilinear Line-Scan and Prism Cameras
Inspection of Bulk Material with Trilinear Line-Scan and Prism Cameras

Traditionally, prism-based cameras are often selected over trilinear cameras when it comes to bulk material scanning, as the inherent line-shift of a trilinear camera can...

Inspection of Bulk Material with Trilinear Line-Scan and Prism Cameras
Articles : Photonics/Optics
Design of an Energy-Efficient Critical Angle Lens Reflector
Design of an Energy-Efficient Critical Angle Lens Reflector

The critical angle lens reflector has commercial applications that supersede ordinary mirrored reflectors. The physics of the critical angle lens reflector are based on the optics...

Design of an Energy-Efficient Critical Angle Lens Reflector
Photonics & Imaging Technology : Imaging
Enhancing the Capabilities of High-Speed CMOS Image Sensors
Enhancing the Capabilities of High-Speed CMOS Image Sensors

For many years now, CMOS (Complementary, Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) based sensors have dominated the high-speed imaging market. Cameras are being released with ever-higher headline...

Enhancing the Capabilities of High-Speed CMOS Image Sensors
Photonics & Imaging Technology : Photonics/Optics
Key Trends in Custom Optics for Aerospace
Key Trends in Custom Optics for Aerospace

The convergence of “new” materials, improved free-form shape fabrication, and changes in the aerospace marketplace has transformed the previously static field of custom optics into a very dynamic...

Key Trends in Custom Optics for Aerospace
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion
Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion

Employing fluid power to achieve mechanical motion can be implemented via hydraulics using uncompressible liquids or via pneumatics using compressible gasses; typically, air. The latter provides several...

Pneumatics for Mechanical Motion
Motion Design : Test & Measurement
Vision Sensors in Factory Automation
Vision Sensors in Factory Automation

There are a number of ways to extract data from a production line. In factory automation, sensors are used in work cells to gather data for inspection or to trigger other devices. These sensors fall into...

Vision Sensors in Factory Automation
Sensor Technology : Communications
Sensors Expo Preview 2019

The 2019 Sensors Expo and Conference will be held at the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA from June 25 – 27. Both the expo and conference are excellent opportunities to get a good sense of important sensor trends. Among the wide variety of themes at the conference, some strike me as being very significant for...

Articles : Semiconductors & ICs
A Sensor that Fits Like a Glove
A Sensor that Fits Like a Glove

We recently had a discussion with Sri Peruvemba, VP of Strategy at BeBop Sensors (Berkeley, CA), about the technology and applications for their two-dimensional fabric sensor material. I started by asking Sri...

A Sensor that Fits Like a Glove
Articles : Energy
Products of Tomorrow: June 2019
Products of Tomorrow: June 2019

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Products of Tomorrow: June 2019
Articles : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Facility Focus: U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
Facility Focus: U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory

In October 1962, the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Unit was established with a goal of providing specialized medical and physiological support to help close the gap between Army...

Facility Focus: U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory