Technology Today Summer 2012 cover image

An artist’s rendition shows the four Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) spacecraft flying in formation through a region of magnetic reconnection on the Earth’s magnetopause. Magnetic fields from the solar wind are shown colliding wtih the Earth’s field, creating powerful jets of plasma and radiation at their point of contact.

Technology Today® Summer 2012

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A Cosmic Energy Source in 3-D

SwRI-developed Hot Plasma Composition Analyzers will fly aboard four satellites studying magnetic reconnection as part of NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission.

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Shared Research

SwRI’s extensive consortia experience stems from a 1984 law.

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A Cast of Thousandths

An SwRI-developed method of casting diesel engine cylinder heads with greater precision wins an R&D 100 Award.

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Unmanned and Downrange

SwRI engineers successfully demonstrated military applications for autonomous unmanned ground vehicles during 2012.


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