Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Reducing Design Time for Linear Motion Systems

Reducing design time is critical in engineering because the result is lower costs and faster time to market. Design time often includes a number of non-value-added activities such as re-design,...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Expanding the Use of Smart Operator Panels

The evolution of operator interfaces has moved quite far beyond the pushbutton. Once, the intelligence resided in the operator’s brain, and considerable experience and training were required to...

Articles: Research Lab
John H. Glenn Research Center

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center design game-changing spaceflight technologies that advance exploration of our solar system. They have also established themselves as global leaders in aeronautics by...

It’s that time of year when we ask NASA Tech Briefs readers to vote for the annual Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards.

Dr. Robert Okojie, Research Electronics Engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, develops harsh-environment microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)....

At various times throughout the manufacturing process, medical device and orthopaedic implant manufacturers need to carry out a wide range of inspections and measurements of the parts...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Play Role in Future Aircraft Wing Production

KUKA Systems (Sterling Heights, MI), in conjunction with Bombardier Aerospace, has devised an innovative robotic cell for laying up dry carbon fiber material as a result of a national...

ERDAS APOLLO Essentials - Image Web Server
ERDAS
Norcross, GA
770-776-3400
www.erdas.com

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) is using ERDAS APOLLO to manage...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Prototype Helps Astronauts Use Robot on International Space Station
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) material parts
RedEye On Demand
Eden Prairie, MN
866-882-6934

Wyle is a leading provider of high-tech science, aerospace...

Articles: Imaging
New Video Documents Three-Year Trek by Mars Rover

A new video compiles 309 images taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, providing an historic record of a three-year trek that totaled about 13 miles across a Martian plain pocked with smaller craters.

While Opportunity was traveling from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater,...

As the sustainable design movement continues to grow rapidly throughout the US, architectural engineers, building product manufacturers, and construction business...

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) has introduced the LTC4415, a monolithic two-channel 4A PowerPath™ ideal diode device designed to reduce heat, voltage drop, and board space while...

Articles: Materials
New NASA Material Redefines “Dark”

NASA engineers have produced a material that absorbs, on average, more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it -- a development that promises to open new frontiers in space technology.

Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD,...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
NASA Looks to Make Tractor Beams a Reality

Tractor beams — the ability to trap and move objects using laser light — are not just “Star Trek” science fiction, and are not beyond current technology. A team of NASA scientists has won funding to study the concept of remotely capturing planetary or atmospheric particles, and delivering them...

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced a compact tunable laser module for its 816x Series lightwave measurement platform. The Agilent 81960A module, which features a 200 nm/s...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Dynamic-Range Read Out Circuit

The NSC1101 from New Imaging Technologies (NIT) Corp. (Verrières le Buisson, France) is a high-dynamic-range read out circuit (ROIC) designed to interface with photodiode arrays. The NSC1101 has a VGA...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Test-and-Measurement Platform

New Ridge Technologies (Owings Mills, MD) has announced the expansion of its NRT-2500 product line to include the TruePhase IPLM Inline Polarimeter from OFS (Norcross, GA). The NRT-2500, a polarization control...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Green Laser Diode Modules

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) offers a 515-nm, 20-mW green laser diode module. The laser modules have been created specifically to address the needs of high-end OEM applications requiring ultra-stable...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Linear-Array PMT Modules

Linear Array Photomultiplier tube (PMT) modules from Hamamatsu Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) offer high cathode sensitivity, high gain, and high-speed response. The H11451 series features 8 channels in a linear...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pentaprisms

REO (Boulder, CO) offers pentaprisms with coatings optimized for demanding laser applications, such as target designation and range finding. The pentaprisms feature dielectric antireflection and high-reflection coatings...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Femtosecond Laser

Based on diode-pumped disk laser technology, the femtosecond laser JenLas® D2.fs from JENOPTIK Laser Technologies Corp. (Brighton, MI) emits high pulse energies of 40 μJ at 100 kHz repetition rate, and can operate in...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Filter Modeling Tool

MyLight, an online filter modeling tool from Semrock (Rochester, NY), provides users with the ability to characterize optical filters under varying theoretical conditions in real time. The technology offers answers on...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Network Activation Kit

AFL (Spartanburg, SC) offers network activation kits designed to support installation and commissioning of optical equipment in telecom, broadband, and other single-mode optical fiber networks. All network activation...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Transmission Electron Microscope

A 200kV transmission electron microscope from JEOL (Peabody, MA) delivers nanoanalysis for process and quality control of mass-produced semiconductor and materials samples. The multi-function JEOL JEM-2800...

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp., Concord, MA, has introduced SolidWorks® 2012 3D design software that features improvements in assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing,...

Products: Lighting
LED Power Supplies

ERG Lighting (Endicott, NY) has introduced eDriver LED power supplies, available in a broad range of constant voltage and constant current drivers. The driver modules are 90% efficient and fully isolated, with universal...

Products: Lighting
Six-Channel LED Driver IC

The HV9957 from Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) combines a switch-mode boost converter and six low-dropout, linear current regulators to deliver high efficiency and precise current control in an LED driver. The IC can...

Products: Lighting
Poke-In Wire SSL Connector

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has extended its line of poke-in connectors to include the new micro poke-in wire SSL connector — a low-profile printed circuit board connector specifically designed for LED...

Products: Lighting
LED Control IC

The IRS2548D switched-mode power supply control IC from International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) is for high-power LED illumination including LED street lighting, stadium lighting, and theatrical lighting. The device achieves...

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