Crosslink, Spring 2011
Volume 12, Number 1 (Spring 2011)
Aerospace is helping mission planners understand and manage the risks associated with an increased reliance on sophisticated onboard software.
The ability to modify material properties and composite structures on the nanoscale offers intriguing possibilities for space system designers. Aerospace is evaluating nanomaterials and processing techniques that will directly affect future space capabilities.
Nanoelectronic technologies offer promising capabilities. As the commercial industrial base is shifting toward their use, Aerospace is exploring how to harness the best of their features for space systems.
Ultrashort-pulse lasers exhibit exotic, fantastic characteristics. Aerospace scientists and engineers are researching diverse applications that can take advantage of the broad spectrum and high power delivered by these devices.
Embedding simple machines in a polymer matrix yields complex materials suitable for applications ranging from launch vehicle fairings to golf clubs.
Traditionally, engineers sought to minimize noise and distortion in system designs. Today, Aerospace scientists are seeking to explicitly harness these effects for useful engineering purposes.
Quantum processing may provide the key to many computational problems of importance for national security space—but this same technology may pose a significant security threat if developed by potential adversaries.
Publications, Papers, and Patents by the Technical Staff
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