Motion Control/​Automation

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Explore the latest developments in motion control and automation. Discover innovative advances from NASA and major research labs in robotics, autonomous vehicles, industrial automation, PID controller applications, motor drives and power transmissions.

Briefs: Motion Control
Bio-Inspired Propulsion
Frequencies and passive dynamics of vehicles moving in air or water help enhance propulsion performance.
Briefs: Transportation
A fleet of “roboats” could transport people, collect trash, and self-assemble into floating structures.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
In-line testing of certain LEDs, using nanosecond pulses, will become more and more relevant with time-of-flight applications.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A new low-cost imaging system could make it easier to track mosquito species that carry disease, enabling a more timely and targeted response.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Sensors in the hand can actually detect forces being transmitted through the thickness of the robot.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The device provides quick results and gives healthcare workers more time to treat patients in hospitals and other settings.
Briefs: Software
An automated system cuts the energy required for training and running neural networks.
Special Reports: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Exploring Mars - July 2020

As NASA prepares this week to launch its latest robotic rover to the Red Planet, we are excited to present this commemorative publication chronicling – through historic images and video – six decades of Mars...

Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
NIBIB is committed to integrating the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences to advance basic research and medical care.
INSIDER: Motion Control

The smallest motor in the world — consisting of just 16 atoms – measures less than one nanometer or about 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The rotor rotates on the surface of the...

Blog: Aerospace
A reader asks NASA experts: How much hardware from the Curiosity rover is being used on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover?
Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Traditional robotic feet are made of rigid components. A team of engineers at UCSD turned to coffee grounds to make legged robots more flexible and able to walk on a variety of rough terrain.
INSIDER: Energy

A new metal-air scavenger works like a battery, in that it provides power by repeatedly breaking and forming a series of chemical bonds. But it also works like a harvester,...

Articles: Materials
New measurement methodologies can save you time that would otherwise be wasted on returning and reordering bearing.
Briefs: Unmanned Systems
This program provides a relative navigation capability for spacecraft, remotely operated terrestrial vehicles, and machine vision.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
This type of energy source could be the basis for robots that seek out and “eat” metal, breaking down its chemical bonds for energy like humans do with food.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In places of limited accessibility and harsh conditions, replacing failed transmissions is a challenging and tremendously costly task.
Briefs: Motion Control
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks such as setting a table.
Briefs: Motion Control

The Solenoid Valve Health Monitor System (SVHMS) was developed to remotely monitor the health of solenoid valves, lowering operational costs and increasing reliability by predicting valve failures before they...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The new method produces strips of rubbery material that can pick up and release objects.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning System

H2W Technologies (Santa Clarita, CA) offers the SRT-030/360-026-01 two-axis X-Theta positioning system for motion control applications that require coordinated linear and rotary...

Products: Software
Industrial PCs, power modules, processor blades, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
Products: Electronics & Computers
The K6PM provides continuous, remote thermal monitoring of critical components such as high-voltage control panels, transformers, and hydraulic equipment.
Articles: Test & Measurement
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.

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