The A8 Research Center

The A8 Research Center The Aerospace Corporation’s A8 Research Center (ARC) in El Segundo primarily supports the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program, including its legacy Defense Support Program (DSP) component, and the Space and Missile Systems Center Developmental Planning organization (SMC/XR). The facility has conducted phenomenological research, examined operational issues, and assisted DOD and civilian […]  More »

Design Hardening of Commercial Technologies

Design Hardening of Commercial Technologies Most of today’s advanced nanoelectronic device technologies are being developed in the commercial sector, where performance and power are typically optimized, trading away temperature range and component reliability. Commercial semiconductor road maps show component reliability timescales are being reduced to 5–7 years, more closely aligning with commercial product life cycles […]  More »

Developing Nanoelectronics for Space Systems

Developing Nanoelectronics for Space Systems 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. Jon Osborn, Erica Deionno, and Adam Bushmaker   Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, noted in a 1965 paper that the […]  More »

Synthesis of Polyaniline Nanostructures

Synthesis of Polyaniline Nanostructures Studies on nanostructured conducting polymer sensors have been limited by a lack of easy and reliable methods for making high-quality conducting polymer nanostructures. Conventional polyaniline thin films are cast from an organic solvent, whereas polyaniline nanofiber thin films are cast from aqueous suspensions. Aerospace has been working with researchers at UCLA […]  More »

Piezoresponse-Force Microscopy

Piezoresponse-Force Microscopy Aerospace has developed and successfully applied piezoresponse-force microscopy techniques for nanoscale characterization of the phase contrasts of nonferroelectric and ferroelectric domains in thin-film and bulk dielectric substrates. Piezoresponse-force microscopy permits direct imaging of ferroelectric domain structures with resolution on the order of 3 to 10 nanometers. Traditional atomic-force microscopes can be augmented and […]  More »

The Next Big Thing: Nanomaterials Development for Space Technology Applications

The Next Big Thing: Nanomaterials Development for Space Technology Applications   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. Frank Livingston, Alan Hopkins, and Bruce Weiller   Advances in space […]  More »

Future Directions in Flight Software Assurance

Future Directions in Flight Software Assurance Aerospace is helping mission planners understand and manage the risks associated with an increased reliance on sophisticated onboard software. Elisabeth Nguyen, Robert Pettit, and Myron Hecht   In 1999, the Mars Climate Orbiter was lost as a result of a software error in its navigation system. A few months […]  More »

Profile: Henry Helvajian

Profile: Henry Helvajian, Senior Scientist, Micro/Nano Technology Department Research That Leads to Innovation For nearly 20 years, Henry Helvajian has been touting the virtues of using tiny components—or miniature satellites—to achieve big results in space. “I have always been curious. I’ve never done the same dance step twice, which means I am always looking for […]  More »

In Brief

In Brief: News & Notes Aerospace Supports Iridium NEXT Iridium Satellite Communications Inc. is planning to field its next generation of communication satellites known as Iridium NEXT. Aerospace has been playing an important role in moving the project forward. Iridium NEXT will be the largest constellation of its kind, said Karl Baker, senior project leader […]  More »

From the Editors

From the Editors For the general public, rockets and spacecraft represent the pinnacle of high technology. In reality, however, space technologies often lag behind their terrestrial counterparts. In the time it takes to qualify a new component for space applications, the next generation may have already arrived. One historically important role for The Aerospace Corporation […]  More »

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