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.
The NASA/Harris Ka-Band Software-Defined Radio (SDR) from NASA Glenn...
For the first time, researchers are demonstrating ice crystal icing formation in a full-scale...
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.
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.
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.
Federally funded research can be a solution to some of the nation's top challenges, say government laboratory executives.
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.
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.
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.
Part 8 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What do you think the next great invention will be?
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?
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.
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?
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?
Part 3 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. Describe your organization’s staffing and recruiting challenges as you see them now.
Part 2 of R&D Magazine's 2010 executive roundtable. What one word would you use to describe the current state of industrial research?
Today’s economic and employment realities drive research organizations to develop new strategies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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