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Latest Briefs & News

Question of the Week : Aerospace
Will We Use Satellites to Fix Satellites?

A recent INSIDER described one researcher’s idea to fix a broken satellite: Send up a repair satellite! Read the Tech Briefs Q&A for details.

Products : Test & Measurement
New on the Market: January 2020
New on the Market: January 2020
Processors, imaging sensors, dimensioning systems, and more.
New on the Market: January 2020
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating
Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating
The non-destructive coating has applications in structural health monitoring, aerospace, automotive, and military/defense.
Dynamic Mechanical Strain-Induced Temperature Gradient Coating
Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
Various components are used to assemble robots that are more aware of their surroundings.
Modular Toolbox Builds Safe Robots
NASA Spinoff : Test & Measurement
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Isolators used to control semiconductor manufacturing keep the James Webb Space Telescope steady.
Vibration Isolator Steadies Optics for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
An upgraded mini robot can leap over obstacles with ease.
Robot Performs Complex Maneuvers
Application Briefs : Imaging
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
AM is an especially good fit for products that require a high level of customization.
Additive Manufacturing of Precision Optics at Micro and Nanoscale
Briefs : Medical
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
For disease diagnosis, a microchip maps the back of the eye.
Microchip Produces High-Contrast OCT Imagery
Application Briefs : Photonics/Optics
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
NASA and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) recently tested a new way to see the Sun
NASA’s BITSE Solar Scope
Briefs : Test & Measurement
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
The Planetary Tides Simulation Facility for Simulation Tidal Strain in Planetary Ice Analogs
Facility Focus : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
See how NOAA provides daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, and more.
Facility Focus: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal's quantum properties.
Acoustic Interactions Change Materials at the Atomic Level
5 Ws : Software
5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired
5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired
A touch-based display mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
5 Ws of 3D Modeling for the Visually Impaired
Articles : Energy
Products of Tomorrow: January 2020
Products of Tomorrow: January 2020
Heartbeat-based biometrics, sonic-boom displays, and an artificial leaf.
Products of Tomorrow: January 2020
Blog : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
If a satellite breaks in orbit, there's not much that can be done. A professor envisions a new idea for refueling and repair.
How to Fix Satellites — With Satellites
INSIDER : Imaging
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders

Inspired by spiders, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), have developed a compact and efficient depth sensor that could be used onboard...

Compact Depth Sensor Inspired by Spiders
Facility Focus : Semiconductors & ICs
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Glenn's research facilities have contributed to decades of technology advances.
Facility Focus: NASA John H. Glenn Research Center
Products : Software
New on the Market: December 2019
New on the Market: December 2019
Adhesives, flame-retardant compounds, vision measurement, and more...
New on the Market: December 2019
Briefs : Imaging
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
The technology can be used in commercial motors, robotic systems, and hybrid and electric vehicles.
Precision Low-Speed Motor Controller
Briefs : Imaging
Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects
Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects

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

Low-Bandwidth Radar Technology Provides Improved Detection of Objects
Briefs : Aerospace
De-Orbit Device for SmallSats
De-Orbit Device for SmallSats
This retractable de-orbit device facilitates targeted re-entry, attitude and orbital control, and collision avoidance.
De-Orbit Device for SmallSats
Briefs : Medical
Human Torso Simulator
Human Torso Simulator
The simulator could help in the development of new back braces.
Human Torso Simulator
Briefs : Imaging
Technique Uses X-Rays to Detect Defective Computer Chips
Technique Uses X-Rays to Detect Defective Computer Chips
This method also reverse-engineers computer chips to detect the chip’s purpose.
Technique Uses X-Rays to Detect Defective Computer Chips