Technology and innovation leaders attended WESTEC 2015 to explore the SME Technology Interchange featuring NASA technologies. They found opportunities for strategy development, partnership building, and implementation of ways to foster technology transfer and innovation.
This one-of-a-kind technology showcase enabled attendees to:
- See mature technologies ready for commercialization
- Connect with new supply chain partners
- Learn about NASA technologies, and uncover opportunities to partner with NASA on technology development
- Create new business opportunities for your company
- Meet with major research companies to form technology development partnerships
A hand-picked group of technologies from NASA’s very active development efforts were selected specifically for the WESTEC audience. The Interchange identified how one or more of the following innovations could make a difference in attendees’ businesses.
Durable Aerogel Technologies
Thinner, Lighter, Stronger
Stephanie Vivod, NASA Glenn Research Center
Aerogels are incredible insulators, have high surface areas that can be utilized in different ways, and have low dielectric properties. Different than aerogels on the commercial market, GRC aerogels are strong, can be fabricated as thin, flexible films and do not create dust. Aerogels; polyimide aerogel scale-up; composites for space applications; nanotechnology and nanocomposites; robust vehicle systems. Read more.
Shape Memory Alloys
New high transformation temperature and design application tools
Santo Padula, NASA Glen Research Center
SMAs are alloys that have memory. The materials are deformed at low temperature and recover to their original shape upon heating. Applications of SMAs have been limited due to their low transformation temperatures. Glenn has been working to develop new high transformation temperature SMAs and as a result has developed a suite of high work output SMAs as well as design application tools and expertise. Read more.
Integrated ADS-B System Enhances Control and Tracking of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Improving UAS safety and efficiency in military, reconnaissance, and research applications
Ricardo Arteaga, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Innovators at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have developed an integrated communications and control system for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that utilizes automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The primary objective of this system is to address the safety concerns relating to UAS sharing airspace with traditional aircraft. This state-of-the-art system is capable of real-time traffic and weather updates in three dimensional (3-D) trajectories and can be re-engineered for specific missions and applications, giving the user a customized experience. The technology’s ability to integrate each component for enhanced communications, command-and-control operations, and efficient sense-and-avoid capabilities addresses many of the technical barriers related to the safety and operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System (NAS). This technology was recognized as an Outstanding Technology Development by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer’s Far West Region. Read more.
Low-Cost, Low-Power, Portable Mounting Platform for Auto-Tracking Antenna
Offers continuous rotation of nearly 60 pounds of multiple antennas in azimuth and vertical axis
Kurt Sanner, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have designed an innovative antenna-mounting platform that integrates multiple capabilities onto one low-cost platform. Capable of aiming four or more interchangeable antennas of any type, this unique continuously rotating platform is portable and can position and hold nearly 60 pounds of antennas and radios at its full rated speed, limited in number only by the size of the mounting bar installed on the platform. Unlike other platforms currently available, the innovative, flexible design for smaller, low-power (<10 W) transmission antennas requires smaller, less expensive motors while robust, inexpensive slip ring assemblies are incorporated to pass power and data between stationary and rotational components, keeping the price tag below $5,000. It is ideal for use with any moving system needing to transmit large quantities of data over one or more RF links. Possibilities include maintaining data links with UAVs and other aircraft used for academic and government research as well as communicating with marine ships in line of sight and in tracking satellites in non-geosynchronous (i.e. low-Earth) orbit. In fact, it could be used to track any line-of-sight object carrying multiple radio frequency (RF) sources which require directional antennas at one end of the link. Read more.
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