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GRC’s electronics research falls into several categories, including communications technology; fabrication of solid state microcircuits; electric power sources for in-space satellites, habitats, and probes; sensors; electric propulsion of space vehicles; hybrid power management; and microelectromechanical systems.


Technologies Available for Licensing 

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A High-Temperature Enabled Communication Circuit for DC Power Lines+ Go to full description
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Packaging and Integrating Microphotonic Devices+ Go to full description
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Real-time Signal-to-Noise Ratio Estimation for BPSK and QPSK Modulation+ Go to full description
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Large area plasma source + Go to full description
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Miniaturized Metal (Metal Alloy)/PdOx/SiC Schottky Diode Gas Sensors for Hydrogen and Hydrocarbons Detection at High Temperatures + Go to full description
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Miniaturized Electrochemical CO2 Sensor Operates in Range of Environments, Temperatures + Go to full description
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Method and Apparatus for In Situ Monitoring of Solar Cells + Go to full description
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Radiation Particle Detector Has Space and Terrestrial Applications + Go to full description
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Actuator Operated Microvalves Permit and Prevent Gas, Fluid Flow + Go to full description
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High-Temperature, Radiation-Hard, Digital Logic and Analog Devices + Go to full description
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500°C Durable Integrated Circuit Chips + Go to full description
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Method to Improve Fan/Compressor Stability and Efficiency + Go to full description
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SiC Fabrication Method Speeds Production, Enables Functionality up to 1,000°C + Go to full description
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New Circuit Topography for JFET Digital Logic Gate Structure+ Go to full description
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Nanoelectronic Device Detects Toxic Gases and Explosives+ Go to full description
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Secure Optical Communications Using Quantum Modulation Spectroscopy+ Go to full description
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Novel Sensor Measures Liquid Propellant in Low-Gravity, Low-Thrust Conditions+ Go to full description
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Device Optically Detects Shocks in High-Speed Vehicle Inlets+ Go to full description
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Nanomaterials for More Sensitive and Responsive Gas Sensing+ Go to full description
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Robust Sensors Detect Ablation in TPS Materials+ Go to full description
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Novel Instrumentation Improves Vehicle Safety+ Go to full description
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Raman Spectroscopy for Time-Resolved Multiscalar Combustion Diagnostics+ Go to full description
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Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis (PUMA)+ Go to full description
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Polarization Dependent Whispering Gallery Modes in Microspheres+ Go to full description
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Iridium Interfacial Stack (IrIS) Functions as a Diffusion Barrier for Oxygen, Gold+ Go to full description
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Method for Fabricating Ultra-Thin SiC Microstructures+ Go to full description
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Wireless Nanoionic Radio Frequency Switch for Actuation, Communications, Radar, and Sensing+ Go to full description
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Polymer Electrolyte-Based Ambient Temperature Oxygen Microsensor for Environmental Monitoring+ Go to full description
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High-Speed Smart Camera Detects Supersonic Inlet Shocks + Go to full description
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Adaptive Processing Element Operates Within Microcontrollers + Go to full description
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Adaptive Phase Delay Generator Eases Synchronization Tasks for Testing Facilities+ Go to full description
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Inexpensive Microsensor Fabrication Process Permits Selective Tailoring for Specific Uses + Go to full description
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 Partnership Opportunities 

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a high-temperature optical sensor that can operate in environments up to 1,000°C. The technology employs a novel method to package and process fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs), which are short segments of optical fiber designed to reflect a particular wavelength. This method drastically increases FBG thermal stability and operability. The resulting thermally stable chemical composition gratings (CCGs) in communication grade fibers are a key component of the sensor, which can accurately monitor the performance of advanced engines, furnaces, and reactors. This technology significantly extends applicability of optical sensors to high- temperature environments where other measurement techniques are unreliable, dangerous, or unavailable.

Engineers at NASA's Glenn Research Center have developed an affordable mobile sensing platform that operates in many different hazardous environments to provide first responders with data collection and analysis tools to assess and minimize risks. Equipped with adaptable plug-and-play components, NASA's rugged yet agile Mobile And Remote Sensing Hazmat Activity (MARSHA) innovation can incorporate live video, audio, and/or a suite of sensor packages. Through wireless communication, experts not at the scene can access data and offer guidance. Designed with direct input from first responders, this innovation combines NASA-developed electronics, communications configurations, and controls and data handling software with commercial off-the-shelf components. The result is a user-friendly, quickly-configurable robotic platform that gathers crucial information in dangerous situations without putting team members at risk.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center is offering a sensor and actuator networking innovation applicable to smart vehicle or component control. This innovation requires no additional connectivity beyond the wiring providing power. This results in lower system weight, increased ease and flexibility for system modifications and retrofits, and improved reliability and robustness. The technology was specifically designed for harsh, high-heat environments but has applications in multiple arenas. The device is compatible with most communication protocols.

Researchers at NASA Glenn Research Center have invented a packaging methodology for integrating a microphotonic millimeter wave receiver (MMWR) using a microphotonic resonate disk on a silicon substrate. Digital information is modulated with an optical beam using a microphotonic resonate disk. This optical beam carrying the digital data signal is coupled into a fiber-optic cable for transmission, providing better signal strength over long distances that is not prone to cross-talk or electromagnetic interface. Because it integrates the optical coupling mechanism onto a silicon substrate, this innovation eliminates the need for bulky equipment to translate the signal. The carrier structure can be made quite small and simple. The technology has wide applicability and can be used with cellular equipment, including pico-cells, local area networks, and “last mile” applications that take signals to the neighborhood level.

To achieve the clearest digital signal in a phase-modulated communications link, a signal must prevail against such environmental noise as weather interference, antenna misalignment, and transient power loss. An accurate assessment of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enables the sender to adjust the transmission power to ensure that the communication can be completed successfully without using excess energy. Inventors at NASA Glenn Research Center have come up with a method to accurately assess the SNR in real time and eliminate the need for a separate, parallel baseline communication link to monitor the transmission quality. This technology improves the performance and reduces the cost of communications systems.

NASA’s Glenn Research Center has developed the Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis (PUMA) to provide highly precise real-time measurements of human metabolic functions. PUMA is a battery-powered, wearable device that measures concentrations of carbon dioxide and oxygen in inhaled and exhaled breath as well as heart rate, temperature, gas pressure, and inhalation and exhalation airflow rates. The device relays data wirelessly to a laptop computer for real-time analysis. Because the technology is packaged into a compact and wearable unit and can be used anywhere, a multitude of applications are possible, from ensuring the health and safety of astronauts, pilots, divers, and miners to monitoring patients with pulmonary disease and evaluating fitness levels of soldiers and athletes.

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    November 04, 2013
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