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Application Briefs: Defense
Battlefield Navigation with MEMS
Technology Leaders: Electronics & Computers
MEMS — Smart Sensors for the IoT
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biodegradable and Bio-Interfacing Flexible IoT Sensors
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
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A reader asks our NASA expert: "What kind of redundancy is built into the Mars 2020 rover?"
The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat, or “HEAT," uses cameras to identify facial temperature, and adjust the room's air accordingly.
White Papers: Medical
Understanding Medical Device Extractable and Leachables Testing in 2020

The world of physics has a foundation built on beautiful universal constants, which work their way steadfastly into the equations governing electrodynamics, and then...

On-Demand Webinars: Test & Measurement
Linking FMEA, FMEDA, and FTA for Safety Analysis and Hardware Metrics for Functional Safety

FMEAs traditionally have only incorporated single-point faults. This 30-minute Webinar examines a groundbreaking methodology used to conduct safety analysis and hardware metrics for functional safety using linked FMEA, FMEDA, and FTAs. It shows...

A reader asks NASA experts: How much hardware from the Curiosity rover is being used on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover?
White Papers: Transportation
Embedded Solutions Continue to Outperform Externally Mounted Sensors in Off-Highway Applications

The availability of serviceable designs for embedded sensors continue to prove themselves a more reliable solution than externally mounted...

White Papers: Electronics & Computers
All the Tools Needed to Study and Optimize Virtually Any Power Project in a Single Instrument

The design of any power conversion system requires the measurement of a large range of electrical parameters that could be made using a lab bench...

In this episode of Here's an Idea, we learn how researcher Roger Wiens went from sketching Mars and making homemade telescopes to bringing science instruments to Mars itself.
White Papers: Defense
Empowering Future-Proof Test Organizations Through Standardization

Aerospace and defense organizations find themselves in a continual juggling act of integrating cutting-edge technology while maintaining legacy testers, providing...

The right sensors can cut machine building costs, improve flexibility, and boost customer satisfaction.
Technology Leaders: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Next-Generation Non-Contact Body-Temperature Monitoring
A far infrared temperature sensor is small in size but big in performance.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Products: June 2020 Sensor Technology
Small Accurate Temperature Sensor

Würth Elektronik (Waldenburg, Germany) is introducing a 2.0 × 2.0 × 0.5 mm temperature sensor. Its accuracy in the measuring range of -40 to 125°C is...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – The Anatomy of Perseverance
NASA's Mars 2020 rover looks virtually the same as Curiosity but there are a number of differences.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Building Perseverance
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Keith Comeaux, Deputy Project Chief Engineer, to learn more about the helicopter heading to Mars.
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Q&A: Robotics, Automation & Control
Q&A: Tactile Robot Finger with No Blind Spots
A robotic finger has a sense of touch that can be localized with high precision over a large, multi-curved surface.
Articles: Test & Measurement
Mars 2020 – Perseverance to the Red Planet
Read our special series on the Mars 2020 mission, featuring interviews with NASA experts and designers of the Perseverance rover.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Soft Hardware for More Flexible Robots
Combined muscles and sensors made from soft materials allow for adaptable robots.
Technology Leaders: RF & Microwave Electronics
RF Innovations Give Batteries New Life
Low-power radio design is enabling new connected IoT products for consumer, commercial, industrial, and medical markets.
Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Mars 2020 – Getting to Mars
Perseverance will have the ability to land in more challenging terrain than Curiosity, making more rugged sites eligible as safe landing candidates.
Inspired by the octopus, the structure senses, computes, and responds without any centralized processing.
An inexpensive gyroscope could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Taking a holistic approach to sealing systems in hydraulic systems using chrome alternatives helps engineers achieve optimum function.
Products: Test & Measurement
New Products: June 2020 Motion Design
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...

Articles: Test & Measurement
Mars 2020 – Looking for Life
Tech Briefs spoke with NASA’s Ken Williford, Mars 2020 Deputy Project Scientist, to learn more about the science capabilities of Perseverance.
Learn about the four goals of the Mars 2020 mission.
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.

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