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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 : Energy
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 : Communications
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 : Aerospace
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 : Materials
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 : Imaging
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 : Green Design & Manufacturing
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 : Semiconductors & ICs
“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 : Data Acquisition
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 : Aerospace
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 : Robotics, Automation & Control
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 : Aerospace
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.