Six new technologies received TGIR Awards for innovation, sponsored by NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology, at the Turning Goals into Reality conference. All of the technologies lead to cleaner, quieter, safer, efficient, and affordable air travel.
Pioneering Technology Award The Secure, Mobile, Wireless Network Technology Team, for development of miniaturized Mobile Router to benefit ground-based transportation.
Mission Safety Award The Miniaturized Smart Leak Detection Sensor Team, for their microsystem-based hydrogen sensor and supporting electronics system.
Emissions Reduction Award The Turbine Airfoil System Development Team, for their airfoil material system made up of a new blade alloy and thermal barrier coating.
Noise Reduction Award The Fan Noise Reduction Team, for their discovery that injecting air through the blade trailing edge slots reduced or removed non-uniformities in the fan stream.
Mobility Award The Small Aircraft Transportation System Airborne Internet Team, for delivering aviation information services to aircraft as interconnected nodes on a digital communications network.
Mission Affordability Award The GRCop-84 Alloy Development Team, for their use of the GRCop-84 alloy in combustion chamber liners to reduce manufacturing costs and delivery times by 50%.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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