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Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : Defense
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 : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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 : Aerospace
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Imaging
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 : Medical
“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 : 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 : Defense
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 : Aerospace
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 : Electronics & Computers
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Defense
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

Application Briefs : Defense
Specifying Coatings for Military and Aerospace Applications

Optics are employed in virtually every area of military operations, from vision systems and target designators used by troops on the ground, through guidance systems utilized in...

Who's Who : Imaging
5 Ws of the PHADE Addressing System

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PHADE could be used by government agencies to enhance public safety; for example, the government can deploy cameras in high-crime or high-accident areas, and warn specific users about...

Articles : Aerospace
Air Force Research Laboratory

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, was formed in October 1997 through the consolidation of four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force...

Blog : Defense
Engineers Teach Computers to Detect Radiation Damage
Engineers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are teaching computers to quickly detect microscopic radiation damage.
White Papers : Electronics & Computers
Understanding Radar Signals Using Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers

Designing effective modern radars is a difficult and demanding task. Tektronix provides the expertise and innovative solutions to help you meet the challenge. Learn more about how to see aspects of your signals that were previously invisible, and how to recreate stimuli and...

Podcasts : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Here's an Idea: Engineering Real-Life 'Superpowers'

Engineers today are using their creativity to build a variety of superhero-like technologies that enhance our human capabilities, including exosuits, invisibility cloaks, and wall-scaling...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Real-Time Airborne Particle Analyzer

Particle analysis is useful for determining chemical compositions in a wide range of disciplines, from ascertaining the source of a petroleum sample to duplicating a fragrance. The technique is appealing...

Briefs : Nanotechnology
3D-Printed Device Produces Nanofiber Meshes

Nanofibers are useful for any application that benefits from a high ratio of surface area to volume, such as solar cells that maximize exposure to sunlight, or fuel cell electrodes that catalyze...