How we use contract research for low risk, high value, product focused technology development

James Garrett, PhDVice President, Technology Development Division Moving new technologies from idea to market.  At a time when many large businesses are slashing research and development dollars and limiting work to only a few core technologies, Luna continues to maintain and grow a powerhouse R&D organization.   In our contract research division alone, Luna employs more than 60 scientists and engineers, over half of whom have…Read More

A commercialization success story

Jessica Green, PhDSenior Research ScientistAdvanced Materials Group We are excited to announce that on October 24, 2013 an exclusive licensing agreement was officially executed by UltraTech International for the commercialization and production of Luna’s fluid resistant textile treatment under the trade name Ultra-Ever Shield™. The successful transition of this technology to UltraTech is another example of commercialization using Luna’s unique business model.  We develop creative…Read More

Luna is providing critical service to Virginia’s craft beer industry

Brad Day, Associate ScientistBiomedical Technologies Microbiology may not be the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions beer.  Nevertheless, the beer brewing process has evolved over centuries from an almost accidental craft to a science balancing microbiology with chemistry, art and a touch of luck.  Modern brewing incorporates many aspects, and key among them is the science of fermentation, or zymurgy as it…Read More

Why embedded corrosion sensing is important

Jeff DemoElectrical Systems Team LeadIntelligent Systems Group With its extremely negative effects on critical military assets, corrosion continues to be one of the top maintenance cost drivers for the Department of Defense. Improved health management of military aircraft is needed to control the costs of corrosion, which is estimated to be above 30% of the total maintenance costs for Navy and Air Force aviation.[i]  It…Read More

Luna’s TrueClot™ Blood Simulant will enable more realistic trauma training

Michael J. Danilich, PhDDirector, Biomedical Technologies Combat medics, corpsmen and pararescuemen, and indeed all members of the armed forces, must be prepared to treat massive wounds to save lives on the battlefield.  Because of the potential for soldiers to instinctively hesitate or “freeze” in the face of severely bleeding and devastating wounds, the military strives to provide the most realistic training possible.  While the military…Read More

Rain repellant coatings

Bryan Koene, Ph.D.Director of Advanced Materials Group Imagine attempting to land a multimillion dollar aircraft on a landing strip barely wider than the wingspan of the plane.  Now try to do this while the landing strip is moving – not only forward at 35 knots, but pitching back and forth at ever changing angles.  This is part of the job description for our highly trained…Read More

Rust Busters: Corrosion Monitoring Systems and Anti-Corrosion Coatings

Mara SheddSenior Materials Research EngineerIntelligent Systems Group  With an estimated cost of $22.9 billion annually, corrosion of defense structures continues to be one of the top maintenance cost drivers for the Department of Defense.  This month, the Intelligent Systems and Materials groups at Luna will present corrosion control and monitoring strategies for naval applications at the Mega Rust Conference, being held June 24-26, in Newport…Read More

Electrically conductive structural adhesives: Simplifying complex bonding problems

Adam GoffSenior Research ScientistMaterial Systems Groups An incumbent replacement Dealing with electrical threats in the aerospace community is an extremely difficult and challenging problem.  Electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) can catastrophically damage crucial aircraft electronics and jam radio and radar signals.  Similarly, ESD and EMI threats can render expensive and mission-critical satellites inoperable if not suitably dealt with.  Having continuous electrical conductivity across…Read More

Water not required: self-cleaning clothing

Jessica Green Senior Research ScientistAdvanced Materials Group Ever wish your laundry would magically clean itself?  That dream might become a reality sooner than you think.  At Luna we have been developing a self-cleaning technology for textiles over the past several years.  Our work began by trying to solve a problem posed by the Army to make a self-cleaning uniform for soldiers.  We approached the problem…Read More

Smart Sensors for Aircraft Corrosion Monitoring

Fritz Friedersdorf, Ph.D.Director Intelligent Systems Group This month, we are pleased to present our most current, in-service test results and development progress from our embedded, wireless health monitoring system, the Luna Sensor Suite (LS2). We are continuing to test and demonstrate units, developed under two Navy Phase II SBIR contracts (N68335-09-C-0107 and N68335-09-C-0099), with the goal of installing this platform on existing aircraft structures to…Read More