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Featured Technologies

 Case Number CategoryTitleShort Description
GSC-14793-1Aerospace / AeronauticsThe Navigator GPS ReceiverThe Navigator is an autonomous, real-time, fully space-flight-qualified GPS receiver with exceptional capabilities for fast signal acquisition and weak signal tracking. These features enable the use of GPS navigation in high-Earth orbit (HEO), geostationary orbit, and other high altitude applications.
GSC-16859-1Sensor and Detector TechnologiesGraphene Chemical SensorTiny sensors -- made of a potentially trailblazing material just one atom thick and heralded as the “next best thing” since the invention of silicon -- are now being developed to detect trace elements in Earth’s upper atmosphere and structural flaws in spacecraft.
GSC-14603-1 GSC-14480-2 GSC-14207-1 GSC-14979-1Mechanical TechnologiesGear BearingsGear Bearings are an innovative architecture that combines the gear and bearing functions into a single part to reduce weight, parts count, and costs.
GSC-14213-1Computer SoftwareEstimated Spectrum Adaptive PostfilterThis new technology is proven to enhance quality of compressed grayscale or color JPEG images and MPEG video clips commonly used on Web sites, online applications, and streaming media.
GSC-14435-1 GSC-14601-1NanotechnologyLower Cost Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Without Metal CatalystsThis is a simple, safe, and inexpensive method to create SWCNTs without the use of a metal catalyst.
GSC-14879-1Optics and PhotonicsHybrid Diversity Algorithm for Image-based Wavefront SensingThe Hybrid Diversity Algorithm (HDA) can replace an interferometer using software that runs on a standard laptop. While the technology requires very little additional hardware, which makes it very cost effective, it also provides a highly accurate and precise means for measuring and controlling optical system performance.
GSC-14960-1Manufacturing EquipmentDead-End Welding DeviceDesigned for use in the welding of tubing, this technology solves the problem of unacceptable welds in dead-end configurations. The technology produces consistently high-quality dead-end welds in a fraction of the time required when using conventional welding techniques.
GSC-15060-1NanotechnologyNanoCompass Provides New Capabilities in Magnetometry and Strain SensingThis lightweight, low-power magnetometer is based on a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) network. Called the “NanoCompass,” the sensor’s dimensions are intrinsically nanoscale, allowing for new capabilities in magnetometry.
GSC-15349-1Optics and PhotonicsFrequency-Doubled Wavelength-Division-Multiplexed Laser for LidarThis new method enables the production of multiple high-power, frequency-doubled laser beams at a fraction of the cost of current methods. This will benefit several NASA missions and offers greater spatial coverage and resolution, making it ideal for mapping, underwater communication systems, and detection of gases in the atmosphere.
GSC-14305-1 GSC-14994-1Data Processing / AnalysisRHSEG Recursive Hierarchical Segmentation (RHSEG) SoftwareThe RHSEG software provides a new approach to image analysis that offers selectable levels of detail to increase accuracy for two-dimensional (and potentially three-dimensional) images.
Subassemblies and ComponentsLInear and Rotary Encoder TechnologiesThe Linear and Rotary Absolute Optical Encoders with Ultra-high Resolution are highly efficient, temperature-resistant encoders with high sensitivity. These technologies use an area array image sensor to measure the relative and absolute position of an object by imaging a microlithographic scale on the object.
GSC-13985-1Sensor and Detector TechnologiesLow-Cost, Accurate Monitor of RF-Induced CurrentsThis patented, wearable device provides a superior means for monitoring radio frequency (RF)-induced currents in the human body, making it useful for operators of RF equipment in plastics manufacturing, personnel who work with antennas or transmitters, and others exposed to RF radiation.
GSC-14734-1Telecommunications and InternetSpacewireA highly reliable, streamlined method for high- and low-rate avionics communication using the spaceWire link-and-switch implementation. This significant advancement helps reduce the complexity of communication over satellite architecture applications and other space-flight systems while improving speed and reliability.
Sensor and Detector TechnologiesBiologically Inspired Sensor Webs and Other SystemsThese space-program technologies are designed to increase the functionality of sensor webs and other autonomous and autonomic (self-directing and self-managing) systems. Inspired by biological systems, Such communication improvements enable real-time monitoring, rapid alerting, and automatic quiescence (self-sleep/standby) and apoptosis (self-destruction) in a wide range of applications involving large, complex systems.
GSC-15039-1Subassemblies and ComponentsInnovative Microvalve TechnologyThis double-latching solenoid valve offers greater reliability than existing technologies while being smaller, lighter, costing less, and using less energy.
GSC-15184-1Test and MeasurementActive, Solid-state, 3-Dimensional Range Imaging SystemThis active, solid-state, 3-dimensional (3-D) range imaging system is available for use in numerous applications where 3-D information in image form is required for study, digital manipulation, and monitoring.
GSC-15082-1 GSC-15217-1 Telecommunications and InternetRadiation-Hardened, High-Data-Rate Ka-Band Modulator and TransmitterThis new Ka-band modulator and transmitter make higher frequencies possible and offer many benefits. This technology, and the circuits and manufacturing procedures developed to build it, will enable future high-data-rate missions to build Ka-band systems with lower risk and lower non-recurring development costs.
GSC-15364-1Test and MeasurementSurface Interaction Model for Enhanced Particulate Distribution AnalysisThe surface interaction model (SIM), predicts the behavior of solid particles that contact a surface in a low-pressure environment. Inserting the SIM into a larger particle transport simulator allows for a more accurate picture of particle behavior, which is of particular importance in the contamination analysis of spacecraft as well as in non-aerospace applications, such as microelectronics.
GSC-15431-1Sensor and Detector TechnologiesDual-Axis, Direct, Fluid Shear Stress Sensor Offers Nonintrusive Measurement in a Small Package at Low CostThis dual-axis, direct, fluid shear stress sensor quantitatively measures the shear force vector in a nonintrusive manner. Fabricated using microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology, this new innovation offers micro size along with low-cost reproduction.
GSC-14393-1Optics and PhotonicsProcess for Producing High-Quality, Lightweight Mirrors Using Single-Crystal SiliconThis new, patent-pending process helps significantly reduce the risk, time, and costs associated with producing lightweight mirrors for demanding instrument applications. The method employs a solid disc of single-crystal silicon (SCS) and calls for most of the polishing to be completed before lightweighting.