Abstract:NASA needs compact nuclear reactors to power future bases on the moon and/or Mars. These reactors require robust automatic control systems using low mass, rapid response, in-core reactor power monitoring sensors and radiation tolerant sensor interrogation systems that do not yet exist. Luna… more
Abstract:The space environment poses significant challenges to spacecraft electronics in the form of electrostatic discharge (ESD) as a result of exposure to highly charged radiation belts. The NASA Europa Jupiter System Mission environment, for example, exhibits radiation levels seven times greater than… more
Abstract:The structural design of aircraft and their propulsion systems is a challenging task that requires accurate, flexible ground facilities capable of operating over the flight regimes of emerging subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic designs. Luna Innovations is proposing to develop distributed fiber… more
Abstract:The need for high stability measurement of temperature is essential for monitoring incore reactor use in planned Gen-IV reactor designs, especially the next generation nuclear plants (NGNP) such as the SFR (Sodium-cooled Fast Reactors). These reactors are planned to operate by means of fast neutron… more
Abstract:The structural degradation of fusion reactor components within high temperature magnetically confined plasma environments is a well-known problem. The high heat flux associated with the plasma, in addition to sputtering and thermal cycling, leads to detrimental erosion and cracking of the plasma… more
Abstract:Luna Innovations collaborating with the University of New Mexico will determine the feasibility of developing a light weight handheld multi-enzyme sensor device that is capable of detecting a wide array of water contaminants, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs). The proposed multi-enzyme electrode… more
Abstract:ABSTRACT: Mycotoxins represent a class of potential chemical/biological warfare agents that pose significant acute and chronic dangers to military forces. There are no current therapeutic treatments for exposure to such toxic agents and there is an urgent need to develop a therapeutic drug which is… more
Abstract:With the rise in global terrorism over the last decade, the nature of hostile threats has broadened, requiring increased visibility into critical systems and infrastructure. Despite the vital role that technology has played in enhancing the military"s ability to obtain intelligence to identify,… more
Abstract:The aim of this proposal is to develop an advanced blood simulant to replace current simulants used in combat medical training. A successful blood simulant will exhibit a caking/clotting response in the presence of simulated hemostatic agents while accur
Abstract:As advances in battlefield care have led to increased survival, improved strategies for treating devastating, multi-tissue injuries are needed. Historical regenerative medicine strategies to restore function to damaged tissues have failed to fulfill the
Abstract:Craniofacial injuries to warfighters are on the rise as improvements to body armor have caused the unprotected face of the soldier to become a target for attack. These injuries are often associated with severe trauma to the underlying cartilage structure.
Abstract:Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a tamper resistant, multiprocessor, embedded computer system architecture consisting of a microprocessor, a digital signal processor (DSP), a field programmable gate array (FPGA), and a graphics processing unit (GPU). During Phase I, Luna will… more
Abstract:In the modern process of integrated circuit (IC) development, the actual design and fabrication of an IC typically is distributed between a number of different companies and/ or individuals. This requires a degree of trust between the designers and the fabricators. Ultimately, the original designer… more
Abstract:The necessity of Trust has been pressed upon the United States Department of Defense as a consequence of the globalization of microelectronics development and manufacturing. Many of the microelectronic devices used in DOD systems and much of the software used in the design of such systems are… more
Abstract:New smart munitions will require high-speed digital interface connections from the launcher to munitions such as that defined in SAE"s Interface for Micro Munitions (IMM), SAE 5726. The IMM connection specifies Fibre Channel as its data communications protocol and superimposes this balanced… more
Abstract:The Navy is adopting more extensive use of aluminum to achieve the mission requirements of high-speed combatant and non-combatant vessels such as the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Although 5XXX series alloys have excellent marine corrosion resistance, sensitization… more
Abstract:Double base propellants such as those used in the Navy"s Cartridge Actuated Devices (CAD) and Propellant Actuated Devices (PAD) are succeptible to degradation via nitrate ester thermolysis. Typical formulations have stabilizing compounds that can retard this degradation however they are… more
Abstract:Fatigue crack on the aircraft wing skins after extended service is a significant reliability issue for structural integrity. Fatigue cracks originating from fastener hole surfaces can grow eventually leading to catastrophic failure of the structure. Inspecting the holes and repairing cracks are… more
Abstract:The key responsibility of aerospace coatings systems has been, historically, to protect the airframe from environmental damage. As the roles and materials of modern tactical aircraft have evolved, the coating systems that protect them have become significantly more complicated. To address the need… more
Abstract:Steel aircraft carrier hulls are subject to a variety of serious corrosion problems. Corrosion and pitting take place on the interior surface of the hull where inspection is difficult or impractical. Additionally, exterior coatings may or may not impede the difficulty of launching acoustic energy in… more
Abstract:Ocean vessels require cathodic protection of their hulls, tanks, and flooded spaces to prevent corrosion at coating defects. Impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP) systems may be used in place of sacrificial anodes, especially for hard-to-repair locations and improved electromagnetic signature… more
Abstract:Carbon steel tanks and enclosures within Navy submarines and ships are protected by a combination of coatings and cathodic protection systems. Tanks and enclosures were named as the top corrosion expense on Navy vessels, accounting for $204 million annually in direct costs. To address this issue,… more
Abstract:Composite materials are beginning to be widely utilized throughout the military and commercial sectors. These advanced materials offer several advantages, including high strength to weight ratios, manipulative properties, and corrosion resistance. Of interest is the use of composite materials in… more
Abstract:Damage to the composite containment structure surrounding and forming the structural members of electromagnetic launchers is difficult to detect using conventional non-destructive methods. These methods do not operate at the speeds necessary to detect impending failures between launches.… more
Abstract:Advanced weapon systems will allow America"s soldiers to maintain their overwhelming combat edge into 21st century, however, they represent a significant logistical burden that may reduce warfighter mobility. It is therefore necessary to reduce the weight of the soldier"s standard… more
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