Technology Today® Fall 1997
When the Cassini spacecraft leaves Earth in October 1997 to begin its seven-year, 1.4 billion-kilometer journey to Saturn, it will carry the most sophisticated set of experimental equipment yet flown to any planet. Institute scientists developed two elements of the Cassini instrument package.
Using knowledge gleaned from studies of planets and comets, Institute scientists are building computer models to further understand the Urban Heat Island effect, a phenomenon thought responsible for increased temperatures in large cities.
A regenerative active vehicle suspension system invented by two SwRI engineers becomes the Institute's 18th winner in the R&D 100 Award competition, honoring the 100 most significant technological advances of the year.
Theoretical and numerical models of oil and gas reservoirs, developed by SwRI scientists, aid in exploration for hydrocarbons.
Student engineering teams from universities in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, take their modified propane-powered vehicles on the road and into the laboratory.