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%.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.