Sensors & Test

Sensors/​Data Acquisition


This is your resource for developments in smart sensor systems and data acquisition. Browse technical briefs, articles, and white papers on advanced applications in transducer technologies, detector systems, data acquisition, and sensor-related technologies.

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Fine-grained alumina ceramic charge detector
Quakertown, PA

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory was launched into...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Heidenhain Encoders Help TRW Machine Ford SUV Parts

TRW has been making parts for the automotive industry for many years, but when Ford Automotive considered giving them the contract to manufacture the rear toe-links for their Navigator and Expedition SUVs, their traditional lathes were considered inadequate for the task. The solution was to...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Kavlico, a unit of Custom Sensors & Technologies, Moorpark, CA, has introduced the P356 low-pressure gage/differential pressure sensor for applications requiring an operational life in excess of 10 years. Available...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

Off-highway tractors slog through mud, muck, and other rough terrain on a daily basis. Achieving high reliability and performance in spite of...

Blog: Medical

A team led by Professor Yosi Shacham-Diamand, vice-dean of Tel Aviv University's Faculty of Engineering, has developed a nano-sized laboratory, complete with a microscopic workbench, to measure water quality in real time. This lab-on-a-chip is a breakthrough in the effort to keep water safe from pollution. "We've developed a...

Briefs: Imaging

The crew activity analyzer (CAA) is a system of electronic hardware and software for automatically identifying patterns of group activity among crew members working together in an office, cockpit, workshop, laboratory,...

Application Briefs: Imaging
Coded optic mask foil
Dynamics Research Corp. (DRC)
Andover, MA

The High Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2)...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Hall Effect position sensors
Micropac Industries
Garland, TX

Micropac’s hermetic Hall Effect devices are being used by Alliance...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

An alternative approach has been devised for encoding image data in compliance with JPEG 2000, the most recent still-image data- compression standard of the Joint Photographic Experts...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kodak CCD image sensors
Eastman Kodak, Image Sensor Solutions
Rochester, NY

Kodak digital technology was used on the...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
e2v CCD image sensors
e2v technologies plc
Elmsford, NY

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is currently on Mars using...

Who's Who: Aerospace

LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite), which will travel to the moon aboard the launch vehicle for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), will...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Balluff, Florence, KY, has introduced a new capacitive sensor line for proximity and level detection applications. The line features more than 250 models in a variety of body styles, sensing ranges, harsh environmental...

Briefs: Materials
Flexible Structural-Health-Monitoring Sheets

A generic design for a type of flexible structural- health- monitoring sheet with multiple sensor/actuator types and a method of manufacturing such sheets has been developed. A sheet of this type contains an array of sensing and/or actuation elements, associated wires, and any other associated circuit...

Briefs: Test & Measurement

An alternative approach to apertureless near- field optical spectroscopy involving an atomic-force microscope (AFM) entails less complexity of equipment than does a prior approach....

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Hard-X-Ray/Soft-γ-Ray Imaging Sensor Assembly for Astronomy

An improved sensor assembly has been developed for astronomical imaging at photon energies ranging from 1 to 100 keV. The assembly includes a thallium-doped cesium iodide scintillator divided into pixels and coupled to an array of high-gain avalanche photodiodes (APDs). Optionally, the...

Application Briefs: Aerospace
STEREO observatories and Solar Probe
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, MD

NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Spacecraft leak detection system
Conroe, TX

NASA has selected a spacecraft leak detection system from Invocon that would...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laboratory for Global Health Observation
University of Alabama at Birmingham, School
of Public Health
Birmingham, AL
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
SIDECAR ASIC microprocessor-controlled chip
Teledyne Imaging Sensors
Camarillo, CA

The electronics that will convert analog...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Spherical Sensor Configurations (SSC) have been designed for detecting and tracking signals in three dimensions. The Spherical Sensor Configurations offer distinct...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Position Sensors to Aid NASA in Future Spaceflight
Silicon carbide-based position sensors
INPROX Technology Corp.
Boston, MA

INPROX Technology Corp. (ITC) has entered into a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Ohio to develop advanced...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk
Formation, Inc.
Moorestown, NJ

Formation’s ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged...

Application Briefs: Transportation
IS-1200 inertial-optical motion tracker InterSense
Bedford, MA

NASA’s Langley Research Center has awarded...

Articles: Medical

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a new class of surgical procedures in which the operation is performed with surgical instruments inserted through small incisions in the...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) Actel
Mountain View, CA

Actel’s RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Remote Voltage Sensor
Quasar Federal Systems
San Diego, CA

Electrostatic charges impact the...

Who's Who: Aerospace

Using NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite to measure microwaves and infrared light that originated with the formation of the universe, Dr. John C. Mather...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Endevco Corp.
San Juan Capistrano, CA

On August 8, 2007, three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) from Pratt &...