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%.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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