Browse extensive resources on the advances in Sensor and Test technologies. Find applications for smart sensor systems, data acquisition, transducers, detector systems plus the latest in advanced measuring instruments and monitoring systems, devices and instrumentation.

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Spherical Sensor Configurations for Three-Dimensional Detecting and Tracking

Spherical Sensor Configurations (SSC) have been designed for detecting and tracking signals in three dimensions. The Spherical Sensor Configurations offer distinct advantages over contemporary imaging systems, significantly enhancing three-dimensional (3D) situational...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Position Sensors to Aid NASA in Future Spaceflight
Silicon carbide-based position sensors
INPROX Technology Corp.
Boston, MA
617-573-5158
www.inproxtechnology.com

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

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Performance of 1mm² Silicon Photomultipliers

A silicon photomultiplier (SPM) is a new type of semiconductor detector that has the potential to replace the photo- multiplier tube (PMT) detector in many applications. In common with a PMT detector, the output of an SPM is an easily detectable current pulse for each detected photon and can be used...

Articles : Test & Measurement
Fly-by-Wireless: A Less-Wire and Wireless Revolution for Aerospace Vehicle Architectures

Every ounce of weight brought to the lunar surface costs 40 to 60 times that in fuel needed at liftoff from the Earth. Part of that weight penalty is due to wires, but the cost of wires is much more than weight. Wired connectivity drives up the price of...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rugged, Flight-Ready Data Storage Selected for NASA Aircraft Project
ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk
Formation, Inc.
Moorestown, NJ
856-234-5020
www.formation.com

Formation’s ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk has been selected by Conduant Corp. to be used in data recorders for a NASA technology...

Application Briefs : Imaging
Head-Worn Display Technology Developed for Emerging Air Transportation System
IS-1200 inertial-optical motion tracker InterSense
Bedford, MA
781-541-6330
www.intersense.com

NASA’s Langley Research Center has awarded InterSense a follow-on Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to deliver a...

Articles : Medical
NASA-Inspired Shape-Sensing Fibers Enable Minimally Invasive Surgery

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 body. In contrast to open surgery, in which the organ or tissue is exposed through large incisions in the...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Power FPGAs Aboard NASA’s Mission to Mars to Study Climate History
RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) Actel
Mountain View, CA
650-318-4200
www.actel.com

Actel’s RTAX-S field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are aboard NASA’s Phoenix mission to Mars, which launched this summer from Cape Canaveral...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Electrostatic Detection System Prevents Injuries and Damage During Spacecraft Assembly
Remote Voltage Sensor
Quasar Federal Systems
San Diego, CA
858-228-3386
www.quasarusa.com

Electrostatic charges impact the safety of both workers and spacecraft, and have been recognized as one of the main problems at the NASA...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vibration Sensors Monitor Engine Health in Latest Space Shuttle Launch
Endevco Corp.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
949-493-8181
www.endevco.com

On August 8, 2007, three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne lifted the space shuttle Endeavor into orbit and on its way to the International...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Testing Equipment Helps NASA Prepare for Telescope Launch
LabVIEW FPGA
National Instruments
Austin, TX
888-280-7645
www.ni.com

NASA’s next-generation successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), features the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec), which is equipped with more...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Spectroscopy of Planetary Systems Made Possible by Focal Plane Detector
NIRSpec STM Focal Plane Detector
ITT Corp.
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for launch in 2013 with the goal of discovering the first galaxies that formed in the early Universe. On...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Taking Advantage of Parallel Parametric Testing

The production of many electronic devices begins with wafer processing. In addition to complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits (ICs), this can include such diverse devices as radio frequency (RF) components based on III-V compounds and chemical detectors based on carbon...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Power of Data Acquisition Technology Convergence

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, and yet which can hold countless songs, TV shows, and movies. And they have led to cell phones that are...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA Announces 2006 Invention of the Year

A team from Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, has been awarded the 2006 NASA Government Invention of the Year for an actuator and sensor system that is more durable than a piezoelectric system, and provides increased unidirectional control. In addition to being used in a number of NASA programs,...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
600-GHz Electronically Tunable Vector Measurement System

A compact, high-dynamic-range, electronically tunable vector measurement system that operates in the frequency range from ≈560 to ≈635 GHz has been developed as a prototype of vector measurement systems that would be suitable for use in nearly-real- time active submillimeter-wave...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Advances in Measurement of Skin Friction in Airflow

The surface interferometric skin-friction (SISF) measurement system is an instrument for determining the distribution of surface shear stress (skin friction) on a wind-tunnel model. The SISF system utilizes the established oil-film interference method, along with advanced image-data-processing...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
IP Engine Helps NASA Crew Visually Inspect Shuttle's Heat Tiles
iPORT PT1000-CL IP Engine
Pleora Technologies
Ottawa, ON, Canada
613-270-0625
www.pleora.com
Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Position Sensors Help Cassini Mission Provide Clues to Planetary Formation
Potentiometers
Novotechnik U.S.
Southborough, MA
508-485-2244
www.novotechnik.com
Application Briefs : Test & Measurement
Guide Used in Leak-Testing System or Plastic Bottles

Container leaks can range from mildly annoying to potentially dangerous. To avoid faulty containers from ever leaving the production line, producers have installed testing devices as part of the bottle production process to ensure integrity. As many bottle/container manufacturing systems were...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Mars Exploration Rovers Use Amplifier System to Transmit Information
580412 SE 20 Power Amplifier Package
StratEdge Corp.
San Diego, CA
858-569-5000
www.stratedge.com
Briefs : Test & Measurement
Simulator for Testing Spacecraft Separation Devices

A report describes the main features of a system for testing pyrotechnic and mechanical devices used to separate spacecraft and modules of spacecraft during flight. The system includes a spacecraft simulator [also denoted a large mobility base (LMB)] equipped with air thrusters, sensors, and...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Apparatus for Hot Impact Testing of Material Specimens

An apparatus for positioning and holding material specimens is a major subsystem of a system for impact testing of the specimens at temperatures up to 1,500 °C. This apparatus and the rest of the system are designed especially for hot impact testing of advanced ceramics, composites, and...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Instrument for Aircraft-Icing and Cloud-Physics Measurements

The figure shows a compact, rugged, simple sensor head that is part of an instrumentation system for making measurements to characterize the severity of aircraft-icing conditions and/or to perform research on cloud physics. The quantities that are calculated from measurement data...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Improved Apparatus for Testing Monoball Bearings

A desk-sized apparatus for testing monoball bearings and their lubricants offers advantages, relative to prior such apparatuses, of (1) a greater degree of automation and (2) capability of operation under wider and more realistic ranges of test conditions. The ranges of attainable test conditions...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Advances in Measurement of Skin Friction in Airflow

The surface interferometric skin-friction (SISF) measurement system is an instrument for determining the distribution of surface shear stress (skin friction) on a wind-tunnel model. The SISF system utilizes the established oil-film interference method, along with advanced image-data-processing...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Instrument for Aircraft-Icing and Cloud- Physics Measurements

The figure shows a compact, rugged, simple sensor head that is part of an instrumentation system for making measurements to characterize the severity of aircraft-icing conditions and/or to perform research on cloud physics. The quantities that are calculated from measurement data...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Scanning Probe Microscope

The Caliber™ scanning probe microscope (SPM) from Veeco Instruments (Woodbury, NY) can perform various SPM research and industrial applications on samples of differing sizes. The SPM’s open-platform, closed-loop design allows researchers to customize hardware. Features include real-time software with line-by line...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Data Loggers Store and Record Critical Data for NASA Experiments
Precision temperature data loggers
Veriteq Instruments
Richmond, BC, Canada
604-273-6850
www.veriteq.com
Application Briefs : Imaging
CCDs Find Applications in Diverse Space MissionsCCDs Find Applications in Diverse Space Missions
Charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors
e2v Technologies
Elmsford, NY
914-593-6841
www.e2v.com