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A space shuttle launches into a bright sky. SwRI engineers earlier this year helped investigators determine why the space shuttle orbiter Columbia and its crew were lost on return from space.

Technology Today® Fall 2003

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On the Leading Edge

SwRI ballistics tests help investigators determine the cause of Columbia loss.

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The Three-Dimensional Solar Wind

Ulysses observations contribute to an evolving view of the three-dimensional solar wind from the Sun to the galactic frontier.

Waves of the Future

Guided-wave technology that effectively inspects and monitors large structures is finding its way into numerous industries and applications.

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SwRI wins two R&D 100 Awards for 2003

Software code and transmission test cell are honored in Chicago ceremony.

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Simulating Failure for Success

A jointly developed SwRI-NASA computer program accurately simulates cracking in mechanical components, allowing repair or replacement before costly failure occurs.


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