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2015 R&D 100 Awards the “Oscars of Invention”


NASA Glenn Research Center wins an R&D 100 award on November 13, at the annual awards event in Las Vegas. The winning team was honored in the category of IT/Electrical for developing a revolutionary polyimide aerogels-based antenna that could make a difference in our everyday lives. They were selected by the R&D Magazine editors and outside experts who identify and recognize the top technology products of the year.

Polyimide aerogels-based antennas are a new approach to manufacturing antennas that could change communication system technologies in aircraft, spacecraft, automotive, biomedical applications and radio frequency identification (RFID).

On earth, aerogel antennas can be used in collision avoidance systems for automobiles to increase safety. In air and space platforms, aerogel-based antennas will result in fewer and lighter antennas aboard aircraft, satellites, or spacecraft by freeing up space and reducing weight. Other potential uses are in the biomedical field; wearable antennas for wireless communication; and in RFID tags which are increasingly being used in the retail industry as stores seek to capture more data about products and customers.

NASA researchers contributing to this revolutionary technology include: Mary Ann Meador, Félix A. Miranda, along with team members Nicholas C. Varaljay, Carl H. Mueller (formerly Vencore), Frederick W. Van Keuls, (Vantage Partners), and Baochau N. Nguyen (Ohio Aerospace Institute.)

Glenn was also represented as a finalist in the category of Analytical/Test for their work on work on Supercooled Liquid Water Content (SLWC) Sensor for Radiosondes.

The cloud liquid water content sensor for radiosondes can change the way icing conditions are measured and analyzed. The water sensor is the only technology for in-situ measurement of supercooled liquid water content (SLWC) available without flying a plane. Its ease-of-operation and its compact design mean it can easily be added to existing weather balloon instrument packages.

Rounding out the NASA radiosonde sensor team is Michael King, Andrew Reehorst, and Dr. John Bognar (Anasphere, Inc.).

Congratulations to both teams!

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Visit Anasphere for more information on the supercooled liquid water content sensor.

To learn more about the NASA Glenn Technology Transfer Office, visit: https://technology.grc.nasa.gov

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