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Robotics, Automation & Control

Micro Air Vehicles Serve as Eyes in the Sky for Ground Troops

Honeywell Aerospace has developed the Micro Air Vehicle (MAV), an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) based on ducted-fan technology that recently was deployed in Iraq to identify...

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Electronics & Computers

Network Keeps Line of Communication Open to Convoys

An airman riding as part of a convoy escort team in Iraq keys his radio microphone to check in with his base, and hears nothing but dead air. The U.S. Air Force is leading a joint...

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Electronics & Computers

Protection Schemes for Advanced Shipboard Electrical Systems

A research program has made progress toward the development of schemes for protection against faults in next-generation DC zonal shipboard electrical systems (DC SESs) and for...

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Electronics & Computers

DC Power Converter for 200°C Containing SiC Transistors

A DC-to-DC power converter, nominally rated for a power of 180 W, an input potential of 28 V, an output potential of 270 V, and a maximum operating temperature of 200°C has been...

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Information Technology

Simulation of a Flywheel Energy-Storage System

A computational model has been developed to simulate the operation of a laboratory flywheel energy-storage system that is a subsystem of the Flywheel Attitude Control, Energy Transmission, and Storage (FACETS) system located at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. The FACETS, which includes three...

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Electronics & Computers

A Comparison of SiC-Based Devices for Use as Power Switches

A report details a survey of the state of technological development and commercial availability of SiC-based electronic devices that has been performed to evaluate the suitability of such devices as power switches in present and future applications in which high reliability and/or...

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Electronics & Computers

Advances in Organic-Based Electronic Devices

A program of research has addressed multiple topics in the field of electronic and optoelectronic devices based on polymers and other organic substances, with special attention to memory devices...

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Electronics & Computers

AlxInyGa1-x-yN Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Triodes

Light-emitting triodes (LETs) have been the focus of a program of research with a goal of increasing the quantum efficiencies of ultraviolet-lightemitting devices implemented in the...

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Materials

Less-Polluting Resins for Molding Composite Structures

Liquid resins that are suitable for use in molding composite- material structural panels and that contain and emit smaller amounts of air-polluting volatile organic compounds than do...

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Materials

Some Advances in High-Temperature Superconductor Coatings

Several advances were made in a program focused on the science and technology of high-temperature superconductors [especially yttrium barium copper oxide ("YBCO")] deposited on normal electrical conductors. This program was part of a continuing effort to develop superconductor-coated...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

The Future of Space Propulsion

A paper presents an overview of state of the art of space propulsion, oriented toward attempting to understand recent history in order to make some predictions about future developments. As used here, "space propulsion" refers generally to what are now called "spacelift" and "spacecraft propulsion." Further, as...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Miniature Wheel-Leg Mobile Robots

Mini-Whegs™ are small mobile robots, designed according to abstracted cockroach locomotion principles, that can run and can climb obstacles taller than themselves. Mini-Whegs are derived from larger mobile...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Progress Toward Carbon-Nanotube Arrays for Probing Cells

Progress has been reported in research oriented toward the goal of fabricating arrays of interconnected single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) that could serve as probes for measuring...

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Medical

Toward High-Performance Neural Control of Prosthetic Devices

A program of basic and applied research in neuroscience is dedicated to (1) advancing fundamental understanding of how the human brain plans and executes arm movements and (2) designing and building high-performance neural prostheses for controlling arm prostheses. The basic-research...

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Medical

Progress Toward Cell-Directed Assembly of Nanostructures

During 2007, progress was made on several fronts in a research program oriented toward developing capabilities for biocompatible and biomimetic self-assembly of nanostructures that...

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Physical Sciences

Advances Toward Development of "Smart Dust" Biosensors

Progress has been made toward meeting several technical challenges in a continuing effort to develop “smart dust” sensors for remote detection of chemical and biological agents....

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Physical Sciences

Structural Composite Batteries

A continuing program of research and development is devoted to the design, fabrication, and testing of polymeric composite- material devices that are multifunctional in the sense that they both store...

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Physical Sciences

Mechanical Aspects of Structural Composite Batteries

In furtherance of the development described in the immediately preceding article, an experimental study focusing on mechanical aspects of structural composite batteries was performed. In...

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Information Technology

Sensor Validation Using Nonlinear Minor-Component Analysis

Aconcept of sensor validation using nonlinear minor-component analysis (NLMCA) has been proposed as a theoretical basis of a sensor fault-detection-and isolation (FDI) module in a...

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Information Technology

Enlightened Multiscale Simulation of Biochemical Networks

A continuing research project is dedicated to development of mathematical and software infrastructure in support of post genomics research in systems biology. One near-term objective of the project is to contribute to deeper understanding of the organizational principles of biological...

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Photonics/Optics

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Deposition Sciences (Santa Rosa, CA) offers expanded optical coating services in the Infrared spectrum for defense applications. Coating capabilities range from the ultraviolet (UV), through the visible (VIS), near-infrared (NIR), middle-infrared (MIR or IR), and to the farinfrared (FIR). The companyís patented MicroDyn reactive...

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FLIR Systems Thermography Div. (North Billerica, MA) offers the SC8000 IR camera that produces images with output of 1024 × 1024 pixels at 132 frames per second. The mega-pixel camera is designed for advanced scientific...

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The IS-1200 LandHawk inertial-optical helmet tracking system for ground vehicles and aircrafts is available from InterSense (Bedford, MA). The system is a 6-degrees-of-freedom, wide-area, vision-inertial, self-tracking system for...

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Hermes high-power, QWI-enabled, 8- and 9-nm QCW laser bars and stacked arrays are available from Intense Ltd. (North Brunswick, NJ). Utilizing Quantum Well Intermixing (QWI) technology, the company offers laser products such as...