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Cyclops: the Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS)

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas The Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS), also known as “Cyclops,” deployed the largest satellite ever from the International Space Station (ISS) on November 28, 2014. The satellite, SpinSat, a Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)/Department of Defense Space Test Program (DoD STP) satellite, is pioneering the utilization of electronically controlled solid propellant thrusters as well as acquiring vital atmospheric density data. It is a spherical satellite 22 inches in diameter, weighing 115 pounds, and will remain in orbit for over two years.

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Constraint Force Equation (CFE) Solver for Multi-Body Dynamics and its Implementation in POST2

Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia Existing aerospace flight trajectory programs simulate the motion of aerospace vehicles by modeling external forces and moments acting on each body, but lack provisions for determining reaction forces and moments exerted by one body on another through a connecting joint. These reaction forces and moments are also known as constraint forces and moments because they permit specified motion of one body relative to another, and, at the same time, prohibit all other relative motions. In other words, a joint imposes certain constraints on relative motion.

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Aerogel Hybrid Composite Materials: Designs and Testing for Multifunctional Applications

NASA has a history of collaboration with industry for the development of aerogels in different forms. Scientists at KSC have continued to expand the design, development, and applicability of using aerogels by developing advanced composite materials and systems with multi-functional capabilities. Hybrid composite systems include aerogel/polymer composites (AeroPlastic), aerogel/foam composites (AeroFoam), and aerogel/fiber laminate systems (AeroFiber).

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GEONS: The Goddard Enhanced Onboard Navigation System

The Goddard Enhanced Onboard Navigation System (GEONS) is a software application that has been widely used by NASA and others to autonomously navigate spacecraft throughout cislunar space.

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Signal Digitizer and Cross-Correlation ASIC

The device can correlate outputs from a large number of receivers. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Microwave interferometry provides a means of synthesizing large scanning antennas that are not otherwise physically practical for spaceborne Earth observational systems. By cross-correlating multiple receivers of an array, high-resolution images are synthesized from a sparse — or thinned — array of small antennas rather than relying on extremely large mechanically scanned antennas. For Earth observations from space, high-datarate cross correlators are required that operate with low power and have low mass and complexity. ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) cross-correlators are an enabling technology for space-based interferometry. An ASIC CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) cross-correlator was developed to correlate outputs from a large number of receivers.

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Coming Soon - Trends in Next-Gen Antenna Manufacturing

Come learn about advanced manufacturing technologies for creating next-generation antennas. In this Webinar, our expert panelists will discuss modern antenna design challenges and new manufacturing solutions to those challenges. Topics include the creation of materials with “designer” properties, molding techniques for antenna substrates and radomes, custom conductive inks, and application of inks onto 2D and 3D surfaces.

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Coming Soon - Engineering Today’s Electrocoats

In conjunction with SAE Electrocoat technology protects millions of vehicles, and cathodic dip primers are used by all major automobile manufacturers worldwide. Award-winning lead-free, low-VOC, and high throwpower technologies are recognized as best-in-class materials, providing exceptional corrosion resistance, trouble-free operation, and optimal topcoat appearance.

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