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Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electromagnetic Monitoring and Control of a Plurality of Nanosatellites

NASA has developed an innovative combination of a Magnetometer, low-powered ElectroMagnets, and Res onant Inductive Coupling (MEMRIC) to create and control relative positioning of nanosatellites within a cluster. This is a game-changing approach to enable distributed...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Elimination of Yaw Component of Gyroscope Propagation Error During Arm Activity in MSL

When updating attitude during arm motion, gyroscope propagation error soon becomes greater than the tilt being monitored. The solution is to add an accelerometer-only mode that can update attitude without using gyroscopes, and to add the ability to monitor...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed multiple ways for amorphous robots to autonomously move across a surface without needing conventional wheels or legs. Amorphous robots are useful in dusty...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Underground Radar Sheds Light on Post-Katrina Damage

An innovative underground radar technology developed at Louisiana Tech University is helping the City of Slidell in south Louisiana to identify and document underground infrastructure damage that had gone undetected in the months and years following Hurricane Katrina.

INSIDER: Motion Control

Engineers at Ben-Gurion University have developed the first wave-like robot powered by a single actuator with no internal straight spine. The Single Actuator Wave-Like Robot...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control

The first single actuator wave-like robot (SAW) has been developed by engineers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The 3D-printed robot can move forward or backward in a wave-like motion, moving...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

What is a Linear Variable Inductive Transducer (LVIT) and where are they used? LVITs, which have been around for more than 30 years, are relatively low-cost, contactless...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Modern satellites use motors for many purposes — moving solar panels for optimum alignment to the Sun; moving reaction wheels to change the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) offers AGLD Series ground fault sensors that protect machinery and operators from accidental shocks. The one-piece, solid-core design allows for installation over wires feeding heavy...

Products: Motion Control

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) introduced the PRD Precision Ring Drive indexer, an alternative to direct drive motors that can start and stop at any incremental position. The motion profile is changed by loading a new...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Self-Latching Piezocomposite Actuator

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a self-latching piezocomposite actuator. The self-latching nature of this invention allows for piezo actuators that do not require constant power draw. Among other applications, the invention is well suited for use in aerodynamic control surfaces and engine...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

To train astronauts to live and work in the weightless environment on the International Space Station, NASA employs a number of techniques and facilities that simulate microgravity. Engineers at the...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Fluid Structure Coupling (FSC) technology is a highly efficient and passive method to control the way fluids and structures communicate and dictate the behavior of a system. This...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Variable-Aperture Reciprocating Reed Valve

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center engineers have developed a new reed valve for controlling fluid flow back and forth between two chambers. The VARR valve provides two-way flow that is proportional to flow demand. As the pressure gradient builds on one side, the reed valve responds by opening an...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Passive, Integrated, Sublimator-Driven Coldplate

Spacecraft thermal control systems typically perform three key functions — heat acquisition, heat transport, and heat rejection — in addition to those of insulation, heat generation, and heat storage. In a typical pumped fluid-loop spacecraft thermal control system, heat is acquired from...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Experiments in space can be expensive and infrequent, but Earth’s upper atmosphere is accessible via large scientific balloons, and can be used to address many of the same fundamental questions. Scientific balloons are made of a...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Human operation in space over long time periods causes bone and muscle deterioration, so there is a need for countermeasures in the form of physical exercises consisting of working against controlled...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Thomson Industries (Wood Dale, IL) offers Electrak HD™ electric linear actuators that enable design engineers to convert hydraulic applications to electric. The actuators boost power to 10 kN (2250 lbs) with...

Products: Motion Control

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) offers SureMotion actuator assemblies for X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning systems. Twin round-shaft slide actuators feature a continuously supported round rail slide with ball screw actuation....

Products: Motion Control

Siemens Industry (Elk Grove Village, IL) released combination motor/drive packages for heavy-duty industrial motion control applications that are power-matched for 480V high-overload operation through a 20 HP range, with I2...

Products: Motion Control

The PREX Series pre-extended rod cylinders from Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) is designed for use in a range of applications, and is constructed of stainless steel. Bore sizes range from ¾" up to 2" in a...

Products: Motion Control

PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. (Auburn, MA) offers Q-Motion multi-axis piezomotor stackable linear and rotary stages in various sizes and motion ranges. High-precision motion applications benefit from encoders...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduced RV-F Series 6-axis robots in 35, 50, and 70 kg payloads for applications that require high payloads and long reaches, including CNC machine tending,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Griffin Motion (Apex, NC) introduced the CXY-BS Series 150-mm Precision XY Motion Platform for use in microscopy, inspection, wafer processing, laser marking, and optical positioning applications. The low-profile,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Rollon Corp. (Hackettstown, NJ) offers Motion Box, a pre-engineered Cartesian robot system designed to deliver six different motion profiles that can be set up and running in a couple of hours. The Motion Box...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

AEGIS® PRO Series Rings from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) divert VFD-induced shaft voltages to ground, protecting large AC and DC motors from bearing damage. Available for motor shafts to 30" in...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) released WGS motorized linear stages that can be directly coupled to size 17 and size 23 step motors to provide a compact design. Utilizing a patented bolt-on design, the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control

R+W America (Bensenville, IL) released SP6 SERVOMAX elastomer couplings for high-speed spindle applications. The hubs are capable of handling circumferential speeds of up to 80 m/s, and higher torque levels per size....

Products: Motion Control

Mouser Electronics (Mansfield, TX) offers the Bosch Sensortec BMF055 9-axis motion sensor, a System-in-Package (SiP) MEMS sensor. The sensor contains a triaxial 16-bit gyroscope, a triaxial 14-bit accelerometer, and a...

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