T-11-The parachute with a sleeve. Made in the USA.

Mary Slaughter Asociate Scientist, Advanced Materials Group Have you ever considered skydiving? Army paratroopers routinely jump from aircraft using a T-11 parachute system that is the next generation in non steerable parachute systems in use by the United States Armed Forces.  This system is comprised of a 38 pound main chute and harness along with a 15 pound reserve assembly plus full combat equipment, designed…Read More

Advances in nanomanufacturing scale-up and cost control

Sean Davis, Engineering Technician, Nanomaterials Research Group Nanomanufacturing is the production of nanoscaled materials such as carbon nanotubes, nanosheets like graphene, and carbon cage materials like fullerenes and Luna’s proprietary Trimetaspheres®.  As these become more prevalent in everyday applications the biggest challenges will be how to produce them on large scales at low costs. Traditional production involves a batch process arc reactor where a carbon…Read More

Rapid and Advanced Sensors for Water Quality

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research Scientist and Biomedical Technologies Team Lead Nathaniel Talley, Research Associate Biomedical Technologies Group Detection of E. coli is Inefficient and Costly Monitoring water quality is critical for municipal water treatment facilities, environmental testing agencies, and related industries in the civilian and military markets. Driven by increasing environmental regulation and industrial demands, the global water industry is a hundreds of billions of…Read More

Synthetic Bandages for Ocular Injury Treatment

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research Scientist Lauren Costella, Associate Scientist Biomedical Technologies Group Ocular Injuries are Widespread and Inefficiently Treated The likelihood of restoring vision to the 1.5 to 2.0 million patients sustaining ocular trauma each year is directly related to immediate management of the injury. Having access to the appropriate ocular repair dressing, cleansing solutions and antibiotics is therefore critical for restoring function and minimizing…Read More

Cracking, Corrosion, and Carbon Nanotubes – Come See How We’re Working with Each! (Part 2)

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group In our last post, we let you know about the early March conference activities we had on our calendar.  Coming up in mid-march, we have the NACE International Corrosion 2015 Conference & Expo with three additional paper presentations.  Conrad Andrews, Mara Schindelholz, and Robert Jeffers will each have a presentation at the NACE Corrosion Conference about…Read More

Cracking, Corrosion, and Carbon Nanotubes – Come See How We’re Working with Each! (Part 1)

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group There’s a lot of activity right now in Luna’s Technology Development Division, and we’re trying to get the word out.  What better way to learn about all of our cutting edge technology than to come hear our experts speak about their work at one of the many conferences we present at each year.  The first event…Read More

Luna’s TrueClot® enables more realistic training

Michael J. Danilich, PhD Director, Biomedical Technologies Law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive on the scene of a shooting or motor vehicle accident and must be prepared to treat hemorrhage to save lives. For this reason, many municipalities across the United States stock hemostatic bandages, such as QuickClot® or Celoxâ„¢ Rapid, to pack wounds and treat (or self-treat) hemorrhage. Hemostatic bandages contain…Read More

Aircraft Corrosion Sensing and In-Service Environmental Monitoring

Jeff Demo Electrical Systems Team Lead Intelligent Systems Group Exposure to harsh, corrosive environments during operational and on-ground activities can have significant contributions to aging and structural deterioration of aircraft.  Reduction in aircraft system reliability presents a major cost driver in the total lifecycle costs as well as a threat to the safety.  Environmental parameters, including temperature and relative humidity, as well as outside contamination…Read More

Introducing our new Resource Library

  What is it? It’s a library of resources to provide access to the tremendous amount of content that we have developed over the years. It includes product-specific literature, application-based technical resources, and media presentations of our unique technologies. Why should you care? It makes available to you all of the resources that we have developed It presents the content intuitively and effectively; categorized by…Read More

How to Make Better Sensors Using Living Cells

Christopher Tison, PhD, Research ScientistBlaine Butler, Research ScientistBiomedical Technologies Group Living Cells as Chemical and Biological Sensors The ability to monitor chemical or biological contamination of everything from the water we drink to the air we breathe is a critical concern for both civilian and military populations. Though there are dozens of options for rapid analysis of many toxins (toxic biological specimens) and toxicants (toxic…Read More