Defending Our Defenses: Luna is Developing Sensing and Analysis Tools to Reduce Missile Lifecycle Costs

During the time before deployment and usage, armaments (missiles, rockets, bombs) are placed in storage for long durations and exposed to a variety of environmental conditions during transportation.  Training missions, in which armaments are loaded and unloaded from active aircraft, can expose them to the severe flight environment, stressing the systems’ electronics, structures, and payload.  Throughout their lifecycles, missile systems may experience a multitude of…Read More

HD-FOS in Action this Week at Space Tech Expo

This week at Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, CA, we are showcasing our industry leading ODiSI 6100 measurement sensor for high-definition fiber optic sensing (HD-FOS).  We are highlighting the unique capabilities of the ODiSI 6100 by demonstrating the real-time acquisition of strain across the entire surface of a carbon fiber composite sample.  The composite sample was instrumented with a Luna HD strain sensor, a polyimide…Read More

US Air Force and Luna Team Up on Next-Gen Coatings Testing

In a recently published AFRL article titled “New Corrosion Evaluation System Makes Sense for Air Force”, Dr. Chad Hunter of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) discusses how CorRESTM from Luna Innovations enables the Air Force to rapidly introduce new corrosion protection and control technologies with minimal risk. According to Dr. Hunter, “There’s a lot of variability in corrosion tests, and CorRES allows us to monitor…Read More

Presenting at Materials in Car Body Engineering

We invite you to join us in Germany next week at the Materials in Car Body Engineering event.  One of our sales representatives, Andreas Stern, will be presenting at this conference.  He will be discussing how our High-Definition Fiber Optic Sensing (HD-FOS) technology is solving some of the most challenging verification tasks in the design and manufacturing of components and systems using advanced materials, such…Read More

TechConnect World 2018

May 13-16, 2018Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim, CA This year at the TechConnect World 2018 Conference, members of Luna’s Materials Group will be presenting on advanced fluid resistant, durable surface treatments that protect numerous surfaces including glass, plastic, paint, and rubber. These coatings are currently being evaluated for numerous applications within the automotive, aerospace, marine, ophthalmic and medical industries, as well as protecting high voltage…Read More

SpaceX Lifts Luna to the International Space Station

On May 4th, 2018, the SpaceX Dragon capsule will return to Earth after spending a month at the International Space Station (ISS). The Dragon capsule arrived to the ISS on April 4th when it delivered more than three tons of goods including food, supplies, and research materials from Luna Innovations. Luna’s technology development division (Luna Labs) has been awarded several contracts for new materials development…Read More

Using HD-FOS for Safer, More Stable Excavations and Tunnels

Tunnels and other underground excavations typically require some form of ground support or reinforcement to increase the stability of the excavation and improve safety. This support system often takes the form of a combination of support components, such as rock bolts, tendons, umbrella arches and forepoles. Monitoring these ground support components could potentially provide valuable information in assessing the performance of the support system, as…Read More

Fiber Optic Sensing for Very High Temperatures

Fiber optic sensing continues to grow as a valuable temperature measurement tool, thanks to the fiber’s small diameter, small mass and robust operation in harsh environments.  The nuclear industry, for example, has shown interest in fiber optic sensors for very high temperature applications, such as monitoring fuel performance during irradiation or even embedding fiber in commercial reactor components. One option to further extend the temperature…Read More

2018 Society for Biomaterials

April 11-14, 2018Hilton Atlanta | Atlanta, GAhttps://www.biomaterials.org/ At the 2018 Society for Biomaterials in Atlanta, GA, clinicians, researchers, and students from around the world will convene to discuss their latest research, form new collaborations, and be inspired by the work of their peers.  This interdisciplinary gathering is a critical pathway to identifying issues with current technologies, and for translating academic research towards clinical practice. Luna’s Health…Read More

Embedded Sensors Can Detect Damage in Composites

Combining very high strength with light weight, composite materials are finding their way into more and more structural and cosmetic parts within the aerospace and automotive industries. As composite use grows throughout these industries, efficient and effective methods of non-visual damage detection are needed. To meet this need, Luna has demonstrated that high spatial resolution (0.65 mm) fiber optic strain sensors incorporated into carbon fiber…Read More