Test & Measurement

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on test and measurement, from engineering experts at NASA and government, university, and commercial laboratories.

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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Scientists from the Institute of Geophysics at ETH Zurich, working together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), have found an inexpensive method that enables accurate earthquake measurements even on the ocean floor and in less developed countries.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
When multiple drones are working together in the same airspace, perhaps spraying pesticide over a field of corn, there’s a risk they might crash into each other. To help avoid these costly crashes, MIT researchers developed a system called MADER in 2020.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researcher are finding ways to estimate a target location when light gets deflected by a disordered structure.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement

Processes and structures within the body that are normally hidden from the eye can be made visible through medical imaging. Scientists use imaging to...

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Briefs: Test & Measurement
NASA Ames has developed a new state-of-the-art method for measuring fluctuating aerodynamic-induced pressures on wind tunnel models using unsteady Pressure Sensitive Paint (uPSP).
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researchers were able to successfully isolate bacteria from various fluids with a microparticle-based matrix filter. The filter trapped particles in small voids in the device, providing a larger concentration of bacteria for analysis.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Enhancing At-Home COVID Tests with Glow-in-The-Dark Materials
Researchers at the University of Houston are using glow-in-the-dark materials to enhance and improve rapid COVID-19 home tests.
Briefs: Materials
Prompted by conversations regarding soft robotics, a research group has developed a design for a new sensor using 3D electrodes inspired by the folding patterns used in origami, able to measure a strain range of up to three times higher than a typical sensor.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The vibrating device uses bone-conducted sounds to achieve better results.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Researchers from Northwestern University have collaborated on the implementation of an accurate, low-cost, and easy-to-use test for detecting toxic levels of fluoride in water. The new biosensor device has been field tested in Kenya.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will usher in a new era of laser communications.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The patch uses ultrasound to monitor blood flow to organs.
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Briefs: Photonics/Optics
The "AOM" performs complex observations with ten observation modes and 175 strategies.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
NASA Ames Research Center has developed a novel technology that provides an autonomous, miniaturized fluidic system for lipid analysis.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
To enable key aerospace R&D applications, NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a single-piece flow-through transducer design capable of measuring all six components adding in the Axial force measurement.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The work shows the real-world viability of their easy-to-use and inexpensive methods of testing.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
The University of Maine’s Wireless Sensor Networks laboratory has developed a novel method of using AI and machine learning to make monitoring soil moisture more energy and cost efficient.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Multi-Energy Electron Device to Enable Lab Testing of Spacecraft Materials
Engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are developing a multi-energy electron source, capable of emitting a beam of electrons, at dozens of energies simultaneously.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
An Accurate, Low-Cost Tool for Forest Measurement
Researchers have developed an algorithm, which gives an accurate measurement of tree diameter, an important measurement used by scientists to monitor forest health and levels of carbon sequestration.
Briefs: Wearables

Trends in wearable technology follow those of the broader biomedical and electronics industries — devices are getting smaller, smarter, and easier to use. Specifically, wearables...

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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Engineers have developed a modeling and manufacturing technique that generates unique verification tools which simulate cracks in metals within X-ray setup part-testing geometries.
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Briefs: Design
A Data-Driven Framework for Testing the Safety of Legged Robots
When it comes to the evolution of mobile robots, it may be a long time before legged robots are able to safely interact in the real world, according to a new study.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
NASA's NEID tool delivered its first batch of data on the nearest and best-studied star, our Sun.
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Briefs: Design
Researchers have developed the first ethical algorithm to fairly distribute the levels of risk rather than operating on an either/or principle.
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Briefs: Test & Measurement
Improving Accuracy of Battery Charge Measurement
The issue of battery usage inefficiency in EVs resulting from an inaccurate battery charge measurement may finally get resolved.
Briefs: Regulations/Standards
The work shows the real-world viability of their easy-to-use and inexpensive methods of testing.
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Briefs: Electronics & Computers
2D materials can be packed together more densely than conventional materials, so they could be used to make devices that run faster and perform better.
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Briefs: Design
The research team has been developing very large, detailed models — like their simulations of the San Francisco Bay Area for M7 Hayward fault earthquakes — which has 391 billion model grid points.
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Briefs: Motion Control
Potential uses include MEMS accelerometers, vibration monitoring, and other precision motion control applications.
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