Illustration of an optomechanical accelerometer, which uses light to measure acceleration. The NIST device could improve navigation, especially in situations when a GPS signal is not available.
Credit: F. Zhou/NIST
GAITHERSBURG, Md. — The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has released its “Annual Report on Technology Transfer: Approach and Plans, Fiscal Year 2021 Activities and Achievements.” The report details technology transfer activities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS).
“Technology transfer is a critical component of the DOC mission to create conditions for economic growth and opportunities for all communities,” said NIST’s Associate Director of Innovation and Industry Services Mojdeh Bahar. “By transferring technologies to the commercial market, the DOC laboratories help drive U.S. economic competitiveness, strengthen domestic industry and spur job creation.”
The report highlights successes from each laboratory. For example, NIST developed an accelerometer to better measure changes in velocity in smaller navigation devices. At just one millimeter thick, the device uses laser light instead of mechanical strain to produce a signal. It could improve inertial navigation in systems such as military aircraft, satellites and submarines, especially when a GPS signal is not available. NIST has also engaged in a collaborative effort with the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) and United States Pharmacopeia to assess analytical methods and develop standards for adeno-associated viruses, which are a critical component in delivering gene therapies. NIIMBL is a DOC-sponsored Manufacturing USA institute.
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