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Low-Impact Docking System (LIDS)
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Low-Impact Docking System (LIDS)

LIDS provides a low-impact docking option when mating one vehicle (structure) with another vehicle (structure). The LIDS utilizes a capture system with a closed-loop, feedback control to intelligently accommodate misalignments and vehicle mass handling, mitigating the need for precise positioning...
Solar-Powered Refrigeration System
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Solar-Powered Refrigeration System

The solar-powered refrigeration system employs a PV panel, vapor compressor, thermal storage and reservoir, and electronic controls. The process that makes the refrigeration possible is the conversion of sunlight into DC electrical power, achieved by the PV panel. The DC electrical power drives the...
Pressure Sensor Mechanism
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Pressure Sensor Mechanism

In operation, this RFID-enabled patented technology reacts to a pressure change causing the passive tag to generate an electromagnetic field. The RFID pressure sensor/passive tag reacts to the electromagnetic field and responds by sending a signal to an interrogator. The interrogator receives the...
Freeze-Resistant Hydration System
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Freeze-Resistant Hydration System

Even when a water conformal fluid reservoir and drink straw are zipped into a down suit, water freezes under extreme conditions. This poses a health hazard, particularly to high-altitude climbers who mouth-breathe, as mouth-breathing causes substantial fluid loss (in exhaled breaths). Climbers of 8...
Robonaut 2: Hazardous Environments
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Robonaut 2: Hazardous Environments

Robonaut 2 (R2) has the capability of functioning autonomously or it can be controlled by direct teleoperations, which is advantageous for hazardous environments. When functioning autonomously, R2 understands what to do and how to do it based on sensory input. R2's torso holds the control system...
Robonaut 2: Medical Opportunities
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Robonaut 2: Medical Opportunities

R2's unique systems allow the robot to be used in many telemedicine applications and in many medical scenarios. For example, R2 can assist a surgeon and the surgical team before, during, and after a procedure with multiple tasks. The robot has the vision, dexterity, and the ability to perform tasks...
High Quality Tissue Formation Method
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High Quality Tissue Formation Method

This technology is a simple, reproducible, and cost-effective process that creates 2D and 3D human tissue formations by high-density spot seeding (HDSS) of cells. The method entails the spot seeding of cells at a specific concentration onto a Petri dish, but without the need of extracellular matrix...
Robonaut 2 Technologies
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Robonaut 2 Technologies

While robotic technologies are already being used in several industries like logistics and distribution, R2 allows for much more complex and delicate operations that require a more sophisticated level of interaction. In terms of handling inventory, R2's dexterity would allow it to handle a...
Robonaut 2: Industrial Opportunities
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Robonaut 2: Industrial Opportunities

NASA, GM, and Oceaneering approached the development of R2 from a dual use environment for both space and terrestrial application. NASA needed an astronaut assistant able to function in space and GM was looking for a robot that could function in an industrial setting. With this in mind, R2 was made...
Battery Charge Equalizer System
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Battery Charge Equalizer System

The innovation consists of a transformer array connected to a battery array through rectification and filtering circuits. The transformer array is connected to a drive circuit and a timing and control circuit, which enables individual battery cells or cell banks to be charged. The timing and...
Real-Time Tracking System
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Real-Time Tracking System

The innovation builds upon conventional UWB hardware by incorporating tracking methodology and algorithms in addition to external amplifiers for signal boost. The tracking methodology is a triangulation calculation consisting of Angle of Arrival (AOA) and Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) using a...
Robo-Glove
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Robo-Glove

Originally developed by NASA and GM, the Robo-Glove technology was a spinoff of the Robonaut 2 (R2), the first humanoid robot in space. This wearable device allows the user to tightly grip tools and other items for longer periods of time without experiencing muscle discomfort or strain. An...
Hybrid Inflatable Pressure Vessels
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Hybrid Inflatable Pressure Vessels

This suite of inflatable pressure vessel technologies was originally developed for space habitat purposes. The cost effective and safety design of these inflatable pressure vessels have the potential to improve the design of inflatables for several applications. The design of a high-strength...
Extended Range RFID and Sensor Tag
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Extended Range RFID and Sensor Tag

This scalable technology uses a pair of phase-matched SAW RF tags coupled with a Van Atta antenna array. Typically composed of piezoelectric lithium niobate or quartz, SAW RF tags convert the interrogating signal into a surface acoustic wave, which is then encoded with the tags unique...
Portable Wireless Signal Booster
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Portable Wireless Signal Booster

Communications are of paramount importance in conducting space missions, and an antenna's signal strength is vital to the success of any mission. All antennas have a limited range. NASA needed a mobile signal booster that could be placed as needed to supplement any weak spots encountered by an...
Impact and Trajectory Detection System
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Impact and Trajectory Detection System

The Impact and Trajectory Detection System can indicate the time and location of an impact and the trajectory of that projectile using piezoelectric polymer film and sensors. The technology is designed so that the piezoelectric film covers the area of interest, regardless of size. This film has the...
Foot Pedal Controller
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Foot Pedal Controller

The Foot Pedal Controller enables an operator of a spacecraft, aircraft, or watercraft, or a simulation of one in a video game, to control all translational and rotational movement using two foot pedals. This novel technology allows control across all six degrees of freedom, unlike any technology...
Robonaut 2: Logistics and Distribution
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Robonaut 2: Logistics and Distribution

R2 was designed to work side-by-side with people and to be sensitive to its surroundings. The robot's advanced vision systems and recognition processing can quickly recognize a person in its path and take the appropriate action. If the robot comes into contact with a person or piece of equipment,...
Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV)
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Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV)

The Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is a vehicle designed for transportation in congested areas. The MRV is relatively small, easy to maneuver and park. The MRV was designed without a central power plant, transmission, fuel tank, and direct mechanical linkages between driver input devices and the...
Passive Smart Container
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Passive Smart Container

Passive Smart Container system comprises four major components: RFID circuits embedded in or around the container, an antenna and RF distribution system, and an interrogator/reader. The system uses passive RFID circuits placed on a bulk item container to track consumption and quantify items as the...
Battery Management System
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Battery Management System

The technology is comprised of a simple and reliable circuit that detects a single bad cell within a battery pack of hundreds of cells and it can monitor and balance the charge of individual cells in series. NASA's BMS is cost effective and can enhance safety and extend the life of critical battery...
Nano-Encapsulated Aerogel
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Nano-Encapsulated Aerogel

This NASA developed nano-encapsulated aerogel technology provides a polymer-coated aerogel matrix with increased strength while maintaining excellent insulating properties. The coating process is done on the microscopic level and can use a variety of monomers. The resulting polymer permeates the...
Pre-Treatment Solution for Water Recovery
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Pre-Treatment Solution for Water Recovery

NASA Johnson Space Center developed, tested and implemented a pre-treatment solution with the purpose of pre-treating urine before further processing of it in the International Space Station (ISS) distiller. The solution increased the water recovery rate in the ISS distiller from 75 to 90 percent,...
Infrared Real-Time Pyrometer
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Infrared Real-Time Pyrometer

This technology was developed by NASA engineers to test pyrotechnic initiated systems for stray current before the explosive material is loaded in the devices. This system provides a portable and reliable safety check for equipment to pinpoint insufficient EMI shielding. Instead of a binary pass/...
Precision Low Speed Motor Controller
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Precision Low Speed Motor Controller

The Precision Low Speed Motor Controller was designed as part of an OpTIIX telescope for the International Space Station. This technology is based on a precise current control loop and a high fidelity velocity measurement algorithm. The precise current loop uses a mathematical model of the...
Li-ion Cell Calorimeter
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Li-ion Cell Calorimeter

Li-ion batteries are an integral part of energy storage systems used in NASA's Exploration program, as well as many modern terrestrial industries. Innovators at the NASA Johnson Space Center wanted a better way to measure total and fractional heat response of specific types of Li-ion cells when...