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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.

Briefs: Nanotechnology
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Load-bearing structures in cars and airplanes could be manufactured from the metal foam.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Loosely connected disc-shaped “particles” can push and pull one another, moving together to transport objects.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These stickers wirelessly beam health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing.
Briefs: Aerospace
A new method of estimating the optimal trailing aircraft position in a formation increases fuel savings.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
These louvers provide passive thermal cooling for CubeSats.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
This technology is a novel, rugged, and economic diagnostic and sensor platform technology.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This microrobot with soft actuators can crash, fall, and collide without being damaged.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Embedded Gas and Temperature Sensors for Extreme Environments

Innovative process control systems for improved efficiency and lower emissions in current and future fossil-fuel-based power systems and related applications require durable, embedded sensor technology that can operate at higher temperatures and in harsh conditions.

Briefs: Motion Control
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Briefs: Communications
A technology uses a combination of WiFi signals and accelerometer technology to track devices in near-real-time.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings
Briefs: Automotive
Researchers have developed a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The algorithm speeds up the planning process that robots use to adjust their grip on objects.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The skin could help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality by instantaneously adapting to a wearer's movements.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This system uses fiber optic strain sensing to detect and locate micrometeoroid/orbital debris.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Made with “Jenga chemistry,” the material could help in understanding how high-temperature superconductors work.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics

Radar technologies were originally designed to identify and track airborne military targets. Today, they're more often used to detect motor vehicles, weather formations,...

Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
The reader uses a frequency multiplexer to boost its ability to accurately locate a greater number of RFID tags.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery....

Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Current laser interferometry pressure pulse detection techniques use the shock-induced change in index of refraction to track detonation and/or shock fronts in a single fiber optic by reflecting laser...

Briefs: Test & Measurement

Innovators at NASA Johnson Space Center have developed a calorimeter that is able to measure the total heat generated when specific types of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This lightweight material brings strength and durability to complex shapes.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
This packaging provides protection for SiC sensors and electronics in harsh, hightemperature environments.
Briefs: Aerospace
This approach removes the limitation on peak power densities that exists for fiber lasers.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
This hands-on, educational tool highlights the properties of SMA wire.
Briefs: Imaging
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.

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