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NASA Develops Novel Battery Management System

Excellent for use in electric vehicles, other applications Nothing is worse than waking up on a cold morning and discovering that the battery in your vehicle is dead, especially if your vehicle is a spacecraft. Fortunately, NASA engineers have developed … Continue reading

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Measuring to the Micron in Manufacturing

An innovative NASA technology available for license In many areas of manufacturing, such as mold making and milling machine calibration, measuring down to the micron is critical. Yet nothing on the market can measure to a micron unless the instrument … Continue reading

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Defect Detection for Friction Stir Welding

If you are an expert in friction stir welding (FSW), this is an opportunity to contribute to the U.S. space program. But you must act quickly – by April 30, to be specific. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, … Continue reading

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Wind Turbine Experts: Look to NASA

I have a message for the industry leaders tasked with keeping the nation’s wind turbines turning, many of whom will gather in Dallas for the 2nd annual U.S. Wind Energy Operations & Maintenance Summit… Raise your eyes above the tops … Continue reading

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X-Ray Diffraction Wafer Mapping Method from NASA Means More Reliable Electronics

Eliminating defective semiconductor wafers greatly increases chip manufacturers’ confidence that their products will be reliable. NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed and patented a powerful measurement tool that will enable manufacturers to monitor the quality of their semiconductors non-destructively. Previously, … Continue reading

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Semiconductor Chip Technology Rockets Past Current State of the Art

Ultra-fast semiconductor chipmakers have long awaited compounds that would increase chipset speed. To build a faster chipset, they needed a suitable material that exhibits higher charge mobility than silicon. Although several high-charge mobility compound semiconductor materials are available, they are … Continue reading

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Now You Can Choose Increased Capacity Over Redundancy with New FPGAs from NASA

To tolerate faults such as a single event upsets (SEUs) or single event transients (SETs), typical field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) provide either fixed redundant circuitry or no redundancy at all, forcing users to program any required redundancy in firmware … Continue reading

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Integral Battery Power Limiting Circuit for Intrinsically Safe Applications

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center invites companies to license this innovative power-limiting circuit for batteries. This technology is designed to limit the power output from a battery without compromising battery lifetime in situations where there is little headroom for dropping voltage … Continue reading

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Fiber Optic Shape Sensors

Sense changes in shape in real time without affecting performance and without the need for structural modifications NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center has developed a shape-sensing technology that offers high resolution (0.5-inch) at a 60-Hz refresh rate. The technology is contained … Continue reading

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Cryogenic and Non-Cryogenic Optical Liquid Level Instrument for Stratified Conditions

A simplified, cost-saving measurement device using optical transmission properties Innovators at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a unique prototype for measuring the liquid level in a tank, employing the properties of optical transmission. The technology is simpler and … Continue reading

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