MicroStrain lands $730,000 Phase II SBIR for energy harvesting RFIDs on Army helicopters

first_imgSource: MicroStrain, Inc. Williston. 9.23.2010 The US Army recently awarded MicroStrain, Inc. a Phase II SBIR contract to continue to develop a comprehensive and wirelessly networked health management capability that can be embedded directly into rotorcraft components. Providing the technology to manage the health of rotating helicopter structural components is expected to significantly reduce operational costs, increase mission readiness, and enhance safety.MicroStrain’s Phase II SBIR effort includes a demonstration of embedded energy harvesting radio frequency identification (EH-RFID) nodes with capabilities of unique identification, performance monitoring, on board storage of component usage history, and remaining useful life.Bridging the gap between design assumptions and actual usage, MicroStrain’s wireless energy harvesting sensors will continuously measure the loads on critical rotating helicopter structures during flight. By converting ambient strain and vibration energies into power, the sensors don’t require battery maintenance.The EH-RFIDs will be compatible with existing wireless sensor data aggregators (WSDAs), which feature an open architecture interface to HUMS boxes. EH-RFID nodes will also be designed to perform autonomously on aircraft which may not have an installed HUMS system. Steve Arms adds, ‘One of the unique aspects of our Army Phase II SBIR effort is that the EH-RFID sensor nodes will be designed to consume very little energy. This facilitates continuous operation using highly miniaturized energy harvesters, which greatly reduces the barriers to embedded sensor installation.’The development of usage tracking RFID nodes with energy harvesting capabilities will represent a major advance by enabling significant cost savings and opening up many new applications in structural health monitoring and machine condition based maintenance.MicroStrain, Inc is a privately held corporation based in Williston Vermont. MicroStrain produces smart, wireless, micro-miniature displacement, orientation and strain sensors. Applications include advanced automotive controls, health monitoring, inspection of machines and civil structures, smart medical devices and navigation/control systems for unmanned vehicles, and energy harvesting technologies.last_img read more

Melville Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 82-year-old man died in a car crash about a mile from his Melville home on Thursday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Sidney Stein was driving a Lexus northbound on Bagatelle Road when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a tree near the corner of Hemingway Drive at 3:35 p.m.Stein was taken to North Shore LIJ Plainview Hospital where he was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives impounded his vehicle for a safety check while the investigation is continuing.last_img

Franklin County candidate filing deadline approaches

first_imgBrookville, In. — Friday, February 9 at noon is the filing deadline for candidates seeking office in Franklin County. The Franklin County Clerk’s office is open in the courthouse Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information please call 812-647-5111, extension 3.last_img

NBA Draft: Lakers yet to get Karl Anthony-Towns in for a workout

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kupchak plans to travel to Las Vegas this weekend to watch Kristaps Porzingis, a power forward from Sevilla. After hosting individual workouts this week for Emmanuel Mudiay (Saturday), D’Angelo Russell (Monday) and Jahlil Okafor (Tuesday), the Lakers currently have no other workouts planned for prospects they would consider at No. 2.The Lakers will have workouts on Friday and next Monday for players they will consider with their 27th and 34th picks. The Lakers also hosted an individual workout on Tuesday for Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne, who’s projected as a mid first-round pick. Filling the calendarMudiay has finalized his itinerary next week that will include workouts both with the Philadelphia 76ers (June 16) and Minnesota Timberwolves (June 19-20), according to a league source familiar with his schedule.Mudiay has already had an extensive travel schedule in the past week. After working out with the Lakers last Saturday, Mudiay traveled to New York to work out with the Knicks on Tuesday. Mudiay will then return to Los Angeles for a private individual workout on Thursday. Breaking breadThe Lakers have followed a pre-draft workout tradition that goes beyond skills tests. The Lakers’ basketball operations staff hosted dinner for Mudiay, Russell and Okafor the night before their workouts. Those prospects then dined out with the Lakers’ coaching staff the next day. Okafor’s dinner involved an interesting twist. Kupchak, a North Carolina alum, teased Okafor, a Duke alum. The ribbing mostly entailed Kupchak sharing how the Tarheels beat the Blue Devils in overtime his sophomore season in 1974 by overcoming an eight-point deficit with 17 seconds left in regulation. “Of course he thought that Duke won. I said, ‘No, Duke did not win,’” Kupchak said, drawing laughter. “He said, ‘You scored eight points in (17) seconds? I said, ‘Yes we did. We won in overtime and there was no 3-point shot.’”So will Kupchak hold it against Okafor that he went to Duke?Said Kupchak: “It’s not a plus.”center_img The championship trophies and retired jerseys that adorn the Lakers’ practice facilities provide more than just fancy decorations. They usually explain why any player would wear a purple and gold uniform in a heartbeat. Yet, that has not proven enough to convince Kentucky center Karl Anthony-Towns to work out with the Lakers before the NBA Draft on June 25. “We’d like to get him in, schedule and get him into the facility for a workout,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “To date, we have been unsuccessful in doing that. But we have another 2, 2 1/2 weeks. I’m sure we can get it done.”The Lakers also have struck out in free agency, failing to retain Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in consecutive seasons and missing out last summer on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Yet, it appears Anthony-Towns’ absence from any Lakers’ workouts has little to do with the team finishing last season with its worst record in franchise history. Instead, Anthony-Towns may not want to work out for any team except for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They have the No. 1 pick, a place most NBA mock drafts project Anthony-Towns to land just before the Lakers are on the clock with their No. 2 selection. Such an approach could ensure Anthony-Towns remains the No. 1 pick. last_img read more