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Representing Technologies

Pulsed Plasma Lubrication Device and Method
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Pulsed Plasma Lubrication Device and Method

JPL's pulsed plasma lubricator comprises a solid lubricant disposed between and in contact with a pair of electrodes that are sized and configured such that the application of a sufficiently large electric potential between the two electrodes produces a plasma that vaporizes a portion of the solid...
Metal Patch Antenna
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Metal Patch Antenna

JPL's patch antenna comprises a conductive patch attached to a ground plane by a support post and a probe connector arranged to conduct electromagnetic energy to the conductive patch (for signal transmission) or from the conductive patch (for signal reception). The central support post improves the...
Laser Communications Transceiver
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Laser Communications Transceiver

JPL's laser communications transceiver comprises two primary modules: an optics module and an electronics/laser module. The optics module includes a 5-cm diameter telescope, a two-axis coarse-pointing gimbal, monitoring sensors, and thermal control. The electronics module includes a transmitter,...
Lens-Coupled Dielectric Waveguides
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Lens-Coupled Dielectric Waveguides

Conventional interconnects consist of tapering the extremities of the dielectric waveguide that are inserted directly in the metallic waveguides, using long waveguide transition to reduce coupling loss (radiation at the dielectric-metallic interface). With JPL's novel interconnect solution, a lens...
Deep space positioning system
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Deep space positioning system

A single, compact, lower power deep space positioning system (DPS) configured to determine a location of a spacecraft anywhere in the solar system, and provide state information relative to Earth, Sun, or any remote object. For example, the DPS includes a first camera and, possibly, a second camera...
Hollow-Core Fiber Lamp
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Hollow-Core Fiber Lamp

One end of JPL's HCPCF is fused with a piece of deep-UV fiber with a similar cladding diameter; both fiber types work at 194 nm. The other end of the HCPCF is attached to an ultrahigh vacuum system for lamp fabrication and mercury vapor is injected into the air core of the fiber with argon as a...
Flexible, Gravity-Fed Heat Pipe
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Flexible, Gravity-Fed Heat Pipe

JPL's flexible, gravity-fed heat pipe uses nitrogen, which condenses on a condenser attached to the cold head of a cryocooler. Using gravity, a flexible bellows delivers the liquid nitrogen to the radiation shield of a large cryogenic/vacuum chamber, where it evaporates at an evaporator, thereby...