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Nuclear Energy in Space

August 28, 2013 9:51 am | Award Winners

Numerous space probes have taken advantage of radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) powered by plutonium. However, the end of the Cold War has brought about a shortage of plutonium. In collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center and National Security Technologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed an alternative type of nuclear reactor, one that uses plentiful uranium as its fuel source.

Space Radio, Redefined

August 28, 2013 8:17 am | Award Winners

The NASA/Harris Ka-Band Software-Defined Radio (SDR) from NASA Glenn...

Researchers replicate ice crystal icing formation in aircraft engine

February 20, 2013 9:02 am | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers are demonstrating ice crystal icing formation in a full-scale...

Dark Clouds, But Bright Outlook for R&D

December 14, 2012 11:27 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to...

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2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable: NASA Glenn Research Center

December 14, 2012 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

2012 R&D Research Executive Roundtable answers from NASA Glenn Research Center. Changes in the R&D environment are driving research managers to look at different ways to support and grow their organizations.

Award-winning aerogel presented at ACS

August 20, 2012 8:07 am | News | Comments

A scientific report on NASA Glenn Research Center’s Polyimide Aerogels, which won an R&D 100 Award this year, was part of the presentations at the American Chemical Society meeting in Philadelphia this week. The new material is the lightest commercially available solid material, and is far tougher than the silicon-based aerogels that preceded it.

Studying the internal mechanisms of shape-memory alloys

May 9, 2012 6:29 am | News | Comments

Shape-memory alloys are an engineer's dream, able to shape-shift spontaneously to accommodate changing operating conditions. A research team from NASA and the University of Central Florida is studying the internal mechanisms of these real-life "transformers" at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with an eye toward increasing their use in everyday scenarios.

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Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship

December 15, 2011 4:13 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

Federally funded research can be a solution to some of the nation's top challenges, say government laboratory executives.

Economy, Energy, and Entrepreneurship: NASA Glenn Research Center

December 15, 2011 3:44 am | by R&D Editors | Articles | Comments

NASA Glenn Research Center's Ramon (Ray) Lugo III speaks on topics including funding, peer review, entrepreneurship, nanotechnology research, and communicating research missions in a social networking environment.

Non-flow sets fuel cell free

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

The Non-Flow-Through Fuel Cell Power System is a light-weight, gravity-independent, hydrogen-oxygen non-flow-through fuel cell power system that does not require atmospheric oxygen for reactions or the presence of air for removing wastewater.

Sensor monitors atmospheric particulates in real time

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

The compact Multi-Parameter Aerosol Scattering Sensor (MPASS) measures, characterizes, and monitors atmospheric particulates in real time analyzing on the interaction between light and aerosol material.

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 8

December 10, 2010 8:44 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 8 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What do you think the next great invention will be?

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New Economy, New Playbook: Part 7

December 10, 2010 8:35 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 7 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. In your point of view, what are some of the greatest threats to R&D in the U.S. right now? Are these roadblocks experienced by your organization, and, if so, how are you dealing with them?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 6

December 10, 2010 8:23 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 6 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What specifics discoveries or breakthroughs has your organization made that embody the spirit of innovation? Please describe the support for these technologies your organization has had for sponsor or collaborators? Finally, please describe your funding situation.

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 5

December 10, 2010 8:04 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 5 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Where do you see real innovations taking place, and what are the geographical locations or industries do you see benefiting from innovation?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 4

December 10, 2010 7:54 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 4 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Many R&D organizations are seeing a greater collaboration and partnership activity. Are you seeing this trend? If so, what are some of the forces behind it, and how is it affecting your organization?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 3

December 10, 2010 7:36 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 3 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Describe your organization’s staffing and recruiting challenges as you see them now.

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New Economy, New Playbook: Part 2

December 10, 2010 7:06 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Part 2 of  R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What one word would you use to describe the current state of industrial research?

New Economy, New Playbook: Part 1

December 10, 2010 6:48 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Today’s economic and employment realities drive research organizations to develop new strategies.

Springing back into shape

November 29, 2010 11:49 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

Last year, I got a sneak peek at NASA’s new wheel design for extra-terrestrial exploration, one of the more easily grasped technologies to emerge from NASA’s ongoing work to push humanity back into space, Constellation or no.

Unpack, inflate, communicate

August 12, 2010 1:14 pm | Award Winners

Developed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and further refined through a partnership with GATR Technologies Inc., The GATR Inflatable Satellite Communication System (GATR 1.8m and GATR 2.4m Antenna Systems) is the first FCC-certified inflatable antenna suitable for ground-based applications.

Thin-film antenna keeps NASA in touch

August 12, 2010 12:56 pm | Award Winners

NASA Glenn Research Center’s Thin Film Ferroelectric High Resolution Scanning Reflectarray Antenna (HRSRA) for Aerospace Communications is a new antenna concept designed to enable electronically steerable, high data rate communications in a simple, low-cost, reliable communications device.

A low stress way of adding compressive stress

August 11, 2010 6:16 am | Award Winners

Low Plasticity Burnishing (LPB), a new technology from NASA Glenn Research Center and Lambda Technologies, offers residual stress orders of magnitude deeper than shot peening with minimal plastic deformation.

Building a better airless tire, for Earth and space

August 11, 2010 5:03 am | Award Winners

Comprised of 800 load-bearing helical springs, the Spring Tire, a joint effort of NASA Glenn Research Center and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, takes the lessons of Apollo and puts a new face on airless tires.

A well-oiled machine

May 18, 2010 9:16 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

Visit one of Florida’s premier tourist destinations (no, not Disney) and it’s a little hard to believe there’s a countdown unrelated to a rocket launch. Nearly everything at Kennedy Space Center is designed to show visitors that not only does NASA has a rich history of space exploration, it’s still going strong as the world’s premiere launch facility.

Space biotech: growing industry or space shot?

May 12, 2010 6:52 am | Blogs | Comments

Biotechnology has two of the most promising commercialization areas in orbital research: x-ray protein crystallography and vaccine therapeutics. But the demise of the space shuttle and the dearth of venture capital could stall some important R&D.

Calling all aerospace contractors, your funding is ready

February 2, 2010 7:02 am | Blogs | Comments

Monday was probably a bittersweet day for NASA. Told that it would no longer be following President Bush’s lunar comeback effort or even launching its own astronauts into space, the agency must now look to contractors for their escape velocity needs.

Govt. Labs See Bright Future, For Now

December 22, 2009 9:40 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

To say that the outlook for government R&D laboratory executives is brighter for 2010 than 2009 would be a great understatement. At this time last year most laboratories were scrambling to adjust to a short-term financial upheaval brought about by an across-the-board freeze on budgets until March 2009.

Taking space science to the streets

December 18, 2009 7:34 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

So here’s the challenge, design a glove that will resist the cold and vacuum of space and the ever-present threat of micrometeoroid penetration yet remain pliable and flexible enough to allow an astronaut to perform a dextrous task. The glove must be complete, including the outer thermal layer and inner pressure-retaining layer.

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