White Papers : Communications
Navigating Hard Case Protective Packaging Standards

When designing a reusable packaging solution it is important to consider how the container will both protect the contents and hold up after repeated use. There are multiple design and testing standards to address these considerations, such as MIL-STD 810, IP67, and ASTM D4169, to name a few....

Blog : Internet of Things
Calling All Innovators: 'Create the Future' Contest is Open for Entries
Your design idea could win you $20,000.
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
X-Ray Study of Low-Density Materials

It's hard to get an X-ray image of low-density material like tissue between bones because X-rays just pass right through like sunlight through a window. Sandia studies myriads of low-density materials,...

Articles : Energy
Create the Future Design Contest Alumni Achieve Market Success

The Create the Future Design Contest, launched in 2002 by the publishers of Tech Briefs magazine, helps stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has...

Products : Test & Measurement
Product of the Month: March 2019 Tech Briefs

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Wakefield, RI, announced Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA®) 2019 software for analyzing parts and assemblies. DFMA utilizes a question-and-answer interface that...

White Papers : Defense
Autonomy Computer for Highly Automated Vehicles – the need for Rugged and Size, Weight and Power Optimization

Kevin Moran, Director, Business Development, Autonomy looks at how Abaco’s expertise and optimization tools are bringing truly autonomous vehicles to reality through their design, testing and manufacturing of a high-performance...

White Papers : Aerospace
Using Wideband IF Digitizers to Solve Challenges in Streaming and Recording RF Signals

This paper describes various capabilities of wideband IF digitizers with built-in FPGA chips in the context of RF signal streaming. Topics include wideband signal streaming, variable burst signal recording, and narrowband signal monitoring.

Articles : Materials
Facility Focus: Savannah River National Laboratory

The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) — located in Aiken, SC — is the applied research and development laboratory at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River Site...

Briefs : Data Acquisition
New Laser for Improving Telecommunications and Computing

The first laser based on the wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC) has been developed. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Portable Acousto-Optic Spectrometers

Spectrometers are widely used for applications such as chemical analysis, remote sensing, quality control, environmental monitoring, spaceborne measurements, and optical measurements. Most spectrometers...

White Papers : Aerospace
4 Game-Changing Underlying Technologies for Advanced Radar

The electromagnetic spectrum is an increasingly contentious warfare domain. This evolution presents new challenges for scientists and engineers who are designing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. Engineers are asked to develop increasingly complex systems...

White Papers : Test & Measurement
Design Tips for Large Containers

Just because a part is big and bulky doesn’t mean that it cannot utilize a custom, airtight, reusable plastic case. Large industrial, aerospace, military, and automotive components in particular can benefit from this type of durable packaging. Read this list of design tips to improve you next packaging...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Smart Sensor Technology for the IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) applications — whether for city infrastructures, factories, or wearable devices — use large arrays of sensors collecting data for transmission over the Internet to a central,...

Question of the Week : Sensors/Data Acquisition
What NASA Spin-Off Stands Out to You?

NASA technologies have led to many of the commercial products and innovative solutions we use every day, from memory foam and freeze-dried foods to exercise equipment and water purifiers. The October issue of Tech Briefs showcased a number of these NASA spinoffs.

Read the Tech Briefs feature article,...

On-Demand Webinars : Defense
At the Crossroads: Examining the Intersection of the Modern Soldier with AR, IoT, and Network Security

How many of today’s standard technologies were nothing more than the fantasies of science-fiction buffs a few years ago? If the trend of innovation in sensors and wireless technology continues, what impact will it have on the soldiers of the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power Line Detection System for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Electrical power lines pose a serious crash hazard to helicopters and other air-based vehicles, especially small aerial vehicles such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This is because power lines are so widespread, hard to see, and strung at roughly the same height above the ground at...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Acoustic Beamforming Array Using Feedback-Controlled Microphones for Tuning and Self-Matching of Frequency Response

NASA's Langley Research Center, in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU), has developed a microphone array that...

Articles : Communications
Facility Focus: Idaho National Laboratory

In 1951, the first nuclear reactor in Idaho was built, starting a legacy at what is now Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL is the site where 52 pioneering nuclear reactors were designed and...

Articles : Medical
NASA at 60: From Space to Earth

The benefits of NASA's space exploration efforts are not limited to the cosmos. NASA technologies provide innovative solutions for people around the world. NASA missions have generated thousands of spinoffs...

Briefs : Lighting
“Soft Hardware” Cloth Has Built-In Electronic Devices

Optical fibers have been traditionally produced by making a cylindrical object called a preform — essentially, a scaled-up model of the fiber — and then heating it. Softened...

Briefs : Aerospace
Algorithm Enables Drones to Work in a Coordinated Approach

An algorithm was developed that enables a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to communicate and work toward a common goal. The tool could be used to improve security or capture images simultaneously over a large area.

White Papers : Defense
Accelerating the Product Development Lifecycle With Faster Test: Navigating the V Diagram

You and your team contend with increasing system complexity, multi-decade program lifecycles, and resource (time, budget, and expertise) scarcity. At NI, we take a platform-based approach to test by delivering flexible test architectures that drive high...

White Papers : Automotive
High-Precision Analysis of Small Parts for Aerospace and Automotive Applications

For quality control and production managers of metalworking manufacturers, small parts can present a real challenge. Customers — particularly in aerospace, automotive, and other critical industries and applications — demand tight QC at every step of the supply...

White Papers : Medical
Using Standard Isolators to Control Unwanted Machine Vibration

From small medical pumps to large diesel engines, vibration is unavoidable. It fatigues and damages equipment over time, increases operating costs and generates unwanted noise. But there are ways to minimize its harmful effects using properly designed isolators and machine...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Modular Architectures in Military Power Supplies: The Roadmap for Customer Product Qualification

Gaia Converter is a leading manufacturer of high-reliability DC-DC converter products and front-end modules for input conditioning and protection. These products give the designer a complete toolkit for developing a robust and high-reliability power...

White Papers : Defense
Applying Multi-Discipline Collaboration (ECAD/MCAD) to Reduce Program Risk

Technological advancements and new market demands have contributed to the exponential rise in the complexity of aircraft designs over the last decade.

White Papers : Government
EMP - A Burgeoning Threat in Today’s Technological World

An Electromagnetic pulse or EMP is a burst of radiation created by a high-altitude nuclear explosion. The range and extent of damage this type of destructive event would cause to commercial networks including utilities, 911 responders and transportation hubs is being evaluate globally by...

White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Architectures for Implementing a Hardware-in-the-Loop System

Safety, availability, or cost considerations can make it impractical to perform all the necessary tests with the complete embedded control system. Using hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, you can simulate the parts of the system that pose these challenges. By thoroughly testing the...

Briefs : Aerospace
Stray Energy Indicator for Pyrotechnic Applications

A compact and portable system is used to monitor and store real-time measurements of stray energy through a pyrotechnic firing circuit using infrared technology. The infrared sensor is mated to the NASA Standard Initiator simulator, and is calibrated such that the current input through the...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
3D-Printed Active Materials for Robots

The Army uses robots that are structurally rigid, making them impractical when performing military operations in highly congested and contested urban environments where covert maneuvering is critical...

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