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.

IS-1200 inertial-optical motion tracker InterSense
Bedford, MA
781-541-6330
www.intersense.com

NASA’s Langley Research Center has awarded...

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...

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...

Remote Voltage Sensor
Quasar Federal Systems
San Diego, CA
858-228-3386
www.quasarusa.com

Electrostatic charges impact the...

Endevco Corp.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
949-493-8181
www.endevco.com

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

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: Test & Measurement
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...

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
Charge coupled device (CCD) image sensors
e2v Technologies
Elmsford, NY
914-593-6841
www.e2v.com
Articles: Test & Measurement
30 Years of Test & Measurement

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of NASA Tech Briefs, our features in 2006 highlight a different technology category each month, tracing the past 30 years of the technology, and continuing with a glimpse...

The figure is a simplified schematic diagram of a tilt-sensing unequal-path interferometer set up to measure the orientation of the normal vector of one surface of a cube mounted on a...

A molecular Rayleigh scattering based air density measurement system was built in a large nozzle and engine component test facility for surveying supersonic plumes from...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — autonomous or remotely controlled pilotless aircraft — have been recently thrust into the spotlight for military applications, for homeland security,...

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