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Browse a wide range of solutions for challenges facing design engineers working with communication platforms that include applications in laser, acoustics, optical, tactile, and wireless communications. Find the latest technical briefs, articles, white papers, and webinars.

INSIDER: Communications

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best...

News: Electronics & Computers
Robots Restore Electricity After Power Outages

A team led by Nina Mahmoudian of Michigan Technological University has developed a tabletop model of a robot team that can bring power to places that need it the most.

“If we can regain power in communication towers, then we can find the people we need to rescue,” says Mahmoudian, an assistant...

News: Communications

University of Washington researchers have developed a new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that could soon let users “train” their smartphones to...

News: RF & Microwave Electronics

NASA engineers and interns are testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the Moon,...

News: RF & Microwave Electronics
Astronauts to Test Free-Flying Robotic 'Smart SPHERES'

Three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion,...

News: Electronics & Computers
'Sensing Skin' Detects Damage in Concrete Structures

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland have developed new “sensing skin” technology designed to serve as an early warning system for concrete structures, allowing authorities to respond quickly to damage in everything from nuclear facilities...

News: Electronics & Computers
Wireless System Paves Way for 'Electroceutical' Medical Devices

A wireless system uses the same power as a cell phone to safely transmit energy to chips the size of a grain of rice. The technology paves the way for new "electroceutical" devices to treat illness or alleviate pain.

The central discovery is an engineering breakthrough that...

News: Electronics & Computers
Wireless Device Senses Chemical Vapors

A research team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed a small electronic sensing device that can alert users wirelessly to the presence of chemical vapors in the atmosphere. The technology, which could be manufactured using familiar aerosol-jet printing techniques, is aimed at myriad...

Application Briefs: Communications
Monopropellant (hydrazine) thrusters
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Sacramento, CA
916-355-4000
www.rocket.com

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, played a vital role in...

News: Communications
Boosting Energy Efficiency of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks

Multi-hop wireless networks can provide data access for large and unconventional spaces, but they face significant limits on the amount of data they can transmit. North Carolina State University researchers have developed a more efficient data transmission approach that can boost the...

News: Energy

The U.S Department of Energy has recently announced up to $4 million available this year to accelerate the development and deployment of wireless charging systems for light-duty electric...

News: Energy
Read November's Lighting Technology

The new issue of Lighting Technology is here! Check out more new feature articles, application stories, tech briefs, products, videos, and research news - all on the latest advances in LEDs and solid-state lighting.

Application Briefs: Communications

The Communicator!® NXT™ emergency notification system
Cassidian Communications (an EADS North America company)
Temecula, CA
951-719-2100

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Computers that Mimic the Brain

INSIDER reader Kenneth Polcak submitted a "Question of the Week" to his fellow design engineer pros:

IBM has recently developed prototypes of energy-efficient computer chips that emulate the synapses, neurons, and learning functions of the human brain. IBM's Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable...

INSIDER Product: Communications

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) introduces the EVM58 Ethernet IP Encoders available in single or multi-turn configurations. The rotary encoders provide absolute machine position or velocity feedback to the system...

Application Briefs: Communications
The Communicator! NXT emergency
notification system
PlantCML, an EADS North America company
Franklin, TN
951-719-2423
...
Application Briefs: Communications
DICES Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX) communications equipment
Quintron Systems
Santa Maria, CA
805-928-4343
www.quintron.com

NASA is installing Quintron’s...

Articles: Communications

Communications engineers today must design to accommodate changing missions, shorter product lifecycles, and increasing computer power. As a result, they create hybrid systems that include...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

While automotive, aerospace, and high-tech equipment manufacturers are early adopters of wireless networks, the overall manufacturing industry has been...

Who's Who: Aerospace

Gary Martin began his career with NASA in the Microgravity Sciences and Applications Division in 1990 where he served as Branch Chief...

Application Briefs: Communications
Voice-over-IP communications system
Quintron
Santa Maria, CA
805-928-4343
www.quintron.com

Quintron was selected by NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC)...

Application Briefs: Communications
Communications systems and support equipment
L-3 Communications Corp.
Communications Systems West
Salt Lake City, UT
801-594-2000
www.l-3com.com/csw/...
Podcasts: Communications
Glenn Rakow, SpaceWire Development Lead, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Glenn Rakow is the Development Lead for SpaceWire, a high-speed communications protocol for spaceflight electronics originally developed in 1999 by the Euro - pean Space Agency (ESA). Under Rakow’s leadership, the SpaceWire standard was developed into a network...

Application Briefs: Communications
Telemetry, tracking, and command services
ITT Corporation
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

ITT Corporation has been selected by the NASA...

Who's Who: Communications

Glenn Rakow is the Development Lead for SpaceWire, a high-speed communications protocol for space-flight electronics originally developed in 1999 by the European...

Application Briefs: Communications
System Provides Critical Communications Among Stennis Rocket Test Team Members
Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX)
Quintron Systems
Santa Maria, CA
805-928-4343
www.quintron.com

NASA has awarded Quintron Systems an Indefinite-Delivery- Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, and the first task order is for a command and...

Articles: Aerospace
Fly-by-Wireless: A Less-Wire and Wireless Revolution for Aerospace Vehicle Architectures

Every ounce of weight brought to the lunar surface costs 40 to 60 times that in fuel needed at liftoff from the Earth. Part of that weight penalty is due to wires, but the cost of wires is much more than weight. Wired connectivity drives up the price of...

Application Briefs: Aerospace

NASA’s John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH, has chosen the Green Hills Platform for Software Defined Radio (SDR) — with Spectrum Signal’s flexComm™...

Articles: Communications

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of NASA Tech Briefs, our features in 2006 highlight a different technology category each month, tracing the past 30 years of the technology, and continuing with a...

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