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
Hall Effect position sensors
Micropac Industries
Garland, TX

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

Briefs: Software

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

The electronics that will convert analog...

Blog: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Power Microchip

A new low-power microchip developed at the University of Michigan uses 30,000 times less power in sleep mode and 10 times less in active mode than comparable chips currently on the market. The Phoenix Processor, as it's called, sets a low-power record and is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as...

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: Imaging
IS-1200 inertial-optical motion tracker InterSense
Bedford, MA

NASA’s Langley Research Center has awarded...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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 &...

Who's Who: Software

The Inductive Monitoring System (IMS) is a new computer program that monitors gyroscopes that keep the International Space Station properly oriented in space....

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
National Instruments
Austin, TX

NASA’s next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NIRSpec STM Focal Plane Detector
ITT Corp.
White Plains, NY

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for...

Who's Who: Nanotechnology

NASA recently tested the Nano ChemSensor, the first nanotechnology- based electronic device to fly in space. The test showed that the sensor could monitor trace gases inside a...

Blog: Medical
Have a Screw Loose?

Inspired by the device used to find lost coins in the sand, Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering students have invented a small handheld metal detector to help doctors locate hidden orthopedic screws that need to be removed from patients' bodies. The device emits a tone that rises in pitch as the surgeon moves...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

Modern digital technology and a little imagination have led to today’s most popular devices, like the MP3 player — a tiny digital music player that you can carry in your shirt pocket,...