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Coming Soon - Novel Wiring Technologies for High-Performance Applications

Because wire failure in aerospace vehicles could be catastrophic, smart wiring capabilities have been critical for NASA. Through the years, researchers at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) have developed technologies, expertise, and research facilities to meet this need.

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Coming Soon - Testing Astronaut-Controlled Surface Robots from the International Space Station

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are currently developing robots that can be remotely operated on planetary surfaces by astronauts in orbiting spacecraft. The primary objective of this work is to test and demonstrate crew-controlled communications, operations, and telerobotic technologies that are needed for future deep space human exploration missions. Specifically, NASA’s “Human Exploration Telerobotics” (HET) project and ESA’s “Multi-Purpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network” (METERON) project are complementary initiatives that aim to validate these technologies through a range of ground and flight experiments with humans and robots in the loop.

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Model Development Using Accelerated Simulations of Hypersonic Flow Features

This code enables more accurate models for computational fluid dynamics applications. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Virginia Currently, the two main computational tools used by the aerothermodynamics community to model hypersonic flows are Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and the direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) particle method. Both use essentially the same physical models for rotational-vibrational excitation and dissociation phenomenon, which are based on a limited number of near-equilibrium experiments performed at low temperatures.

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Vacuum Regulators to Simulate Altitudes

Equilibar Fletcher, NC 828-650-6590 www.equilibar.com To support air assets, the US Navy’s Altitude Laboratory in Maryland is tasked with testing On-Board Oxygen Generating Systems (OBOGS). The lab has three hypobaric chambers to assess mechanical breathing simulators at altitudes up to 60,000 feet. The altitude in the chambers is simulated by precisely regulating the vacuum pressure.

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Electronic Attack Capability on Unmanned Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corp. Falls Church, VA 703-280-2900 www.northropgrumman.com Northrop Grumman Corporation has integrated and employed an internal miniature electronic attack payload on the Bat unmanned aircraft, marking the first time that such a system was used in operation on a Group III (small, tactical) system.

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Armored Response Vehicle for Bomb Disposal Teams

Lenco Industries Pittsfield, MA 413-443-7359 www.LencoArmor.com Lenco Industries has introduced the BearCat® EOD “BombCat” armored response vehicle for bomb disposal teams and EOD and IEDD first responders. Designed with input from veteran explosive ordinance disposal experts, the Bomb- Cat accommodates a large tactical robot like the Andros F6A, which can be readily accessed using a fold-down ramp at the curb side door or deployed from a hydraulically controlled platform located at the front of the vehicle.

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Signal Acquisition Module

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) has released its PXI Express dynamic signal acquisition module, the PXIe- 9529, featuring up to eight 24-bit analog input channels simultaneously sampling at 192 kS/s and a 108 dB dynamic range. The PXIe- 9529 features a vibration-optimized lower AC cutoff frequency of 0.3 Hz, and all input channels incorporate 4 mA bias current.

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