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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for the given year is not complete until April of the following year. Annual Reports data is a snapshot of agency reported information for that year and hence might look different from the live data in the Awards Information charts.

  1. HIGH EFFICIENCY BACKLIGHT FOR COLOR LCD DISPLAYS

    SBC: Amerasia Technology, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    RECENTLY DEVELOPED COMMERCIAL LAPTOP LCD TERMINALS, USING A POWDER, ELECTRO-LUMINESCENT BACKLIGHT WITH A SUPER-TWIST, LCD DISPLAY SURFACE, EXHIBIT MUCH-IMPROVED VIEWING CONTRAST AND BATTERY LIFE. THE BACKLIGHT SYSTEM STILL CONSUMES 90 PERCENT OF THE POWER. IN THE CASE OF COLOR LCD DISPLAYS, THE BACKLIGHT POWER CONSUMPTION IS EVEN WORSE: AS MUCH AS 96PERCENT OF THE BATTERY POWER IS WASTED ON THE IN ...

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. ADAPTIVE RAPID SCANNING IMAGING SPECTROPOLARIMETER

    SBC: Aotf Technology, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO DEVELOP AN IMAGING GROUND-BASED SPECTROPOLARIMETER UTILIZING STATE-OF-THE-ART ACOUSTO-OPTICAL TUNABLE FILTERS (AOTFS). THE MAJOR SIGNIFICANT INNOVATION OF THIS PROPOSED PROGRAM IS THE USE OF A NOVEL OPTICAL IMAGING SYSTEM DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ACCESSTO THE ORTHOGONALLY POLARIZED AOTF IMAGES, AND THE UNDERVIATED CENTRAL BEAM TO USE FOR GUIDING, OR OTHER PURPOSES. A ...

    SBIR Phase II 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  3. NARROWBAND TUNABLE SPECTRAL FILTERS

    SBC: AURORA ASSOC.            Topic: N/A

    A NARROW-BAND SPECTRAL FILTER IS A CRITICAL ELEMENT IN HIGH-RESOLUTION LIDARS FOR ATOMSPERIC STUDIES. ACCOUTO-OPTIC TUNABLE FILTERS (AOTF) OFFER THE ADVANTAGES OF LARGE OPTICAL THROUGHPUT, RAPID TUNING OVER WIDE SPECTRALRANGE, AND INHERENT MODULATION CAPABILITY, AND ARE THEREFOREWELL SUITED TO THE LIDAR APPLICATIONS. THE BASIC DEFICIENCYOF PRESENT AOTF TECHNOLOGY IS THE LIMITED SPECTRAL RESOLUTION ...

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  4. ELECTRONICALLY TUNED IMAGING SPECTROMETER WITH VARIABLE RESOLUTION

    SBC: AURORA ASSOC.            Topic: N/A

    THIS HIGH-PERFORMANCE, RAPID-SCANNING IMAGING SPECTROMETER USES AN ACOUSTO-OPTIC TUNABLE FILTER (AOTF) AS THE WAVELENGTH TUNING DEVICE. A RISK-REDUCTION EFFORT WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING PHASE I. THE TASKS INCLUDE DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO VARY THE SPECTRAL BANDPASS OF THE AOTF AND CARRYING OUT THEORETICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH ON THE IMAGING CHARACTERISTICS OF AOTFS. THE RESULTS OF TH ...

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  5. HIGH SPATIAL RESOLUTION E X B MAGNETIC FIELD PROBE

    SBC: BERKELEY RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.            Topic: N/A

    N/A

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  6. NOVEL HIGHER TEMPERATURE ALUMINUM ALLOYS BY RAPID CONSOLIDATION OF GLASSY STRUCTURES

    SBC: Ceracon, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    NASA IS INTERESTED IN NEW ALUMINUM ALLOYS OF NON-EQUILIBRIUMCHEMISTRIES WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF INCREASING THE UPPER-USE TEMPERATURE BY 200F. PRIOR ART HAS DEALT WITH THE USE OF RAPID SOLIDIFICATION TO FORM FINE-GRAINED CRYSTALLINE ALLOYSBASED ON AL-FE-V-SI, AL-FE-CE, AND AL-FE-MO-V. ALTHOUGH THESE ALLOYS HAVE SHOWN PROMISE IN IMPROVING USE TEMPERATURE, SIGNIFICANT FURTHER IMPROVEMENT COULD BE MADE ...

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  7. SPACECRAFT THERMAL MANAGEMENT USING METAL MATRIX COMPOSITE

    SBC: COMPOSITE APPLICATIONS, INC.            Topic: N/A

    THE THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF GRAPHITE-ALUMINUM METAL-MATRIX COMPOSITE (MMC) HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER THAN THAT OF UNREINFORCED ALUMINUM. RELATED INVESTIGATIONS HAVE FURTHER DEMONSTRATED THAT SUBSTITUTION OF GRAPHITE-ALUMINUM MMC FOR ALUMINUM IN SPACE-BASED RADIATORS CAN IMPROVE THERMAL TRANSFER BY MORE THAN 25 PERCENT, AS WELL AS REDUCE RADIATOR WEIGHT. CONTINUED ANALYSIS IMPLIES ...

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  8. AN 8 DEGREE-OF-FREEDOM MACRO-MICRO ROBOT FOR PRECISE FORCE MANIPULATORS

    SBC: Computer Motion, Inc.            Topic: N/A

    A ROBOT CAPABLE OF DEXTROUS FORCE CONTROLLED MANIPULATION WOULD ALLOW THE AUTOMATION OF DELICATE TASKS WHICH ARE PERFORMED IN SPACE, PARTICULARLY DURING UNMANNED MISSIONS OR EXTRA-VEHICULAR ACTIVITIES. ANALYTIC PROOFS SHOW THAT EXISTING ADVANCED CONTROL STRATEGIES SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF DEXTROUS FORCE CONTROL. HOWEVER, TWO MORE PRACTICAL LIMITATIONS HAVE PREVENTED THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRECISE FORCE CO ...

    SBIR Phase II 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  9. PORTABLE IMAGING SPECTRORADIOMETER FOR GROUND TRUTH & EARTH REMOTE SENSING

    SBC: Concept Development Assoc            Topic: N/A

    A NOVEL DESIGN FOR AN IMAGING SPECTRORADIOMETER FOR REMOTE-SENSING AND GROUND-TRUTH MEASUREMENTS IS THE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT. BECAUSE NO DISPERSION ELEMENT WILL BE USED, THE SYSTEM WILL BE SMALL AND LIGHTER THAN COMMON SPECTROMETRIC SYSTEMS BY AS MUCH AS A FACTOR OF 1,000; IT WILL THUS BE PARTICULARLY APPROPRIATE FOR AIRBORNE APPLICATIONS AND PORTABLE USE. A PROPRIETARY ANAMORPHIC OPTICAL SYSTEM P ...

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  10. LARGE AREA HIGH TEMPERATURE SUPERCONDUCTING THIN FILMS

    SBC: CONDUCTUS, INC.            Topic: N/A

    N/A

    SBIR Phase I 1991 National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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