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Spherical Robots for Off-World Surface Exploration
This invention is a smart spherical robot for the intended use to perform rapid mapping, ground awareness, and synthesizing life-data for real-time use. The system is compact and is intended to withstand environments on other planets. Background: Rapid advancement in electronics, sensors, actuators, and power have resulted in shrinking devices and...
Published: 4/14/2020   |   Inventor(s): Jekan Thangavelautham, Himangshu Kalita
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics
Swarms of Spacecraft for Flyby Exploration, Mapping and Resource Prospecting
This invention proposes the use of swarms of small spacecraft to perform space exploration. The swarms are capable of completing the tasks normally given to larger spacecraft and can do so more efficiently. The proposed swarms are applicable for exploring small bodies in space and outer solar system bodies. The results of the proposed invention show...
Published: 4/3/2019   |   Inventor(s): Ravi Nallapu, Erik Asphaug, Jekan Thangavelautham
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Communications & Networking, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Communications & Networking > Wireless, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics
Chalcogenide Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Polymers (CHIPs) Using Cyclic Olefinic Comonomers
This invention is an approach to creating specific materials that are transparent to Long Wave Infrared. The proposed materials may be used as a matrix for incorporating IR transparent nanoparticles to form infrared transparent CHIP nanoparticle material. This new process allows for the creation of new copolymers with improved thermomechanical properties...
Published: 12/21/2018   |   Inventor(s): Dong-Chul Pyun, Robert Norwood, Tristan Kleine, Richard Glass, Dennis Lichtenberger, Meghan O'Brien Hamilton
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Autonomous/Intelligent Vehicle Compone, Technology Classifications > Imaging & Optics > Sensors and Detection > Remote Sensing, Technology Classifications > Materials > Polymers
Novel Polymers for Mid-and Long-Wave Infrared Imaging
This invention is an approach to creating specific materials that are transparent to Long Wave Infrared. The proposed materials may be used as a matrix for incorporating IR transparent nanoparticles to form infrared transparent CHIP nanoparticle material. This new process allows for the creation of new copolymers with improved thermomechanical properties...
Published: 10/3/2018   |   Inventor(s): Dong-Chul (Jeffrey) Pyun, Robert Norwood, Richard Glass
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Materials > Polymers, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Autonomous/Intelligent Vehicle Compone, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Safety Systems/Driver Enhancements, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Vehicle Control, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Telematics, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics, Technology Classifications > Imaging & Optics > Sensors and Detection, Technology Classifications > Imaging & Optics > Sensors and Detection > Remote Sensing, Technology Classifications > Imaging & Optics > Lens & System Design
Vehicle Protection Mechanisms
This invention implements mechanisms to manage risks of vehicles overturning including means of outright avoiding obstacles, correcting for tilts, and mitigating consequences from rolls. Engineered guards passively protect from a wide variety of hazards. If the vehicle tilts, angled guards provide stabilization. If the vehicle does roll, certain guard...
Published: 1/18/2018   |   Inventor(s): Wolfgang Fink
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Transportation & Automotive > Vehicle Control
Non-Recirculating Roller Screw
This technology was developed as a key element of the camera focusing mechanism for NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission led by the University of Arizona, which was recently launched on a sample retrieval mission to the near-earth asteroid Bennu. This invention meets the demanding requirements of the OSIRIS-REx mission including high precision and reliability...
Published: 9/23/2016   |   Inventor(s): Michael Williams
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Category(s): Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation, Technology Classifications > Engineering & Physical Sciences > Devices & Instrumentation > Robotics