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NASA’s Johnson Space Center invites interested companies to license its patented self-advancing, step-tap drill bit. Originally developed for Space Shuttle repair, this novel, stepped drill bit features a cutting edge that concurrently enlarges a hole as it cuts threads—a feature not available in other stepped drill bits.
NASA is making tomorrow’s rapid prototyping and manufacturing technology available today. Companies are invited to license an innovative system for performing electron-beam freeform fabrication (EBF3) that offers significant advantages over traditional e-beam and laser-based systems.
Scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have patented an apparatus and method for separating air from a fluid. The unique aspect of this separator is that, unlike other methods that use centrifugal force to separate gas from liquid, the Centrifugal Adsorption Cartridge System (CACS) enables the capture of specific selected substances within the liquid.
Scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have patented a microcapsule flow sensor that can identify and count tiny particles in a flowing stream as they pass through a laminar flow chamber.
Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have patented a method and apparatus for measuring the flow rate and mass density of fluid flowing through a pipe. Using a combination of microwave and sonic sensors and a computer that processes digitized readings taken by the sensors, the system detects excessive pressure within the pipe and provides early warnings of trouble.
Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have patented an apparatus and method to produce and concurrently characterize multilayered, liquid-filled microcapsules. The Pulse-Flow Microencapsulation System (PFMS) uses an online measurement system to identify and measure selected characteristics of microcapsules as they are produced in a continuous process under sterile conditions.
Researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have patented a small, compact two-axis joint that provides two degrees of freedom motion between connected components. The joint uses linear actuators to provide motion between the driven component and its support base, and pivots with minimal friction to maximize responsiveness.