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

TeraMetrix™ multilayer thickness measurement featured at NPE®

While our last post was about our participation in a very focused event concentrating on thin wall packaging, we are now announcing that we will be participating in one of the major plastic industry events. NPE® is a “must-attend” event for a wide array of people from across the plastics supply chain and the end user market.  Held every other year in Orlando, NPE is…Read More

2018 American Coatings Conference

April 10-12, 2018Indiana Convention Center 100 S. Capitol Ave. |  Indianapolis, IN 46225 Luna will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2018 American Coatings Conference. @AC_Show brings industry professionals together to expand their knowledge of the latest technology trends for the coatings industry.   Located at booth 241, Luna will be presenting the CorRES corrosion and coatings evaluation system.  Luna’s evaluation system monitors the real-time performance of…Read More

Designing Safer Inflatable Space Habitats

An important technology for the future of long term space missions is the use of expandable, inflatable space habitats.  Inflatable habitats are key to reducing the weight of space structures, and are not constrained by the size of the launch vehicle.  In order to ensure the reliability of these structures, Luna is working with NASA and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to research and develop a…Read More

NACE CORROSION 2018

April 16-19, 2018Phoenix Convention Center | Phoenix, AZBooth #1161 Luna will be presenting and exhibiting at the upcoming NACE CORROSION 2018 Conference (http://www.nacecorrosion.org/).  CORROSION 2018 is the world’s largest corrosion conference and exposition.  Each year, this conference welcomes more than 6,000 corrosion engineers, scientists, researchers, technicians, asset owners, inspectors, and other professionals from over 60 countries across the world.  This comprehensive conference is packed with…Read More

New Component Analyzer for Silicon Photonics and PICs

At the OFC 2018 in San Diego recently, we unveiled the newest member of Luna’s family of high-performance test equipment for the lightwave industry.  The LCA 500 Lightwave Component Analyzer combines industry-leading resolution and sensitivity with high speed and simplified setup to deliver a component characterization solution that extends beyond the R&D lab and onto the production floor. High Fidelity IL, RL and PDL The…Read More