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A comprehensive library of technical briefs from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories covering all aspects of innovations in electronics, software, photonics, imaging, motion control, automation, sensors, test, materials, manufacturing, mechanical, and mechatronics.

Latest Tech Briefs

Briefs: Connectivity
A new study suggests mobile data collected while traveling over bridges could help evaluate their integrity.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers have been able to successfully teach micro-robots how to swim via deep reinforcement learning, marking a substantial leap in the progression of micro-swimming capability.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This mechanism improves rotordynamic stability in turbomachinery.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.
Briefs: Design
The technology was developed as an alternative to existing options for in-space aeroponic food production applications.
Briefs: Materials
The tool straightens thin, malleable 4-mm metal tubes like those used for fuel, pneumatic, or hydraulic pressurized lines.
Briefs: Energy
Scientists have now developed three-dimensional component architectures based on novel, printable thermoelectric materials.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
When measuring with light, the lateral extent of the structures that can be resolved by an optical imaging system is fundamentally diffraction limited.
Briefs: Power
Redox flow batteries are stationary batteries in which the energy is located in the electrolyte, outside of the cell itself, as in a fuel cell.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
This technology will pave the way for new applications of integrated semiconductor lasers in LiDAR.
Briefs: Packaging & Sterilization
To overcome the limitations of using cleaning agents, sprays, or bulky high-cost sterilizing systems, NASA developed the Ultraviolet Germicidal Door Handle.
Briefs: Design
Researchers report that automated high-resolution electron imaging can capture the nanoscale deformation events that lead to metal failure and breakage.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This set of oculomotor metrics provide valid and reliable measures of dynamic visual performance.
Briefs: Materials
The device is 100 percent electrically controllable regarding the colors of light it absorbs, which gives it massive potential for widespread usability.
Briefs: Design
The researchers plan to apply the design to edge computing devices.
Briefs: Design
In-space and planetary surface assembly for human exploration is a challenging domain that encompasses various technological thrusts to support human missions.
Briefs: Power
NASA’s System-Wide Safety (SWS) project is developing innovative data solutions to assure safe, rapid, and repeatable access to a transformed National Airspace System.
Briefs: AR/AI
The robots will be challenged to carry out work too dangerous for humans.
Briefs: AR/AI
The model allows robots to ask clarifying questions to soldiers.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The tiny device accurately measures acceleration in smaller navigation systems and other devices.
Briefs: Medical
Users can download the design files to 3D print and assemble a customizable peristaltic pump.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A prototype version could be demonstrated on a large cargo lunar lander.
Briefs: Energy
The invention consists of several NTAC layers arranged in a radially concentric series separated by a vacuum gap space.
Briefs: Energy
The work could lead to improvements in the energy density of lithium batteries that power electric vehicles.
Briefs: Energy
A highly efficient and long-lasting solar flow battery generates, stores, and redelivers renewable electricity from the Sun in one device.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A novel 3D printed prosthetic arm is more comfortable, flexible, and cheaper than a conventional prosthesis.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Device detects pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation in real time.
Briefs: Design
The respirator earned a 100 percent success rate for fit testing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A new area of artificial intelligence called analog deep learning promises faster computation with a fraction of the energy usage.

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