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ASR has participated in the following projects and would like to congratulate the following:

Meggitt Securaplane for meeting helicopter Vibe requirements for their helicopter Main Battery.

Canberra for meeting structural requirements for the PRMS.


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Patents

Adrian Papanide is a credited inventor on the following innovations:

  • Air-cooled carbon-dioxide laser 10/2016
  • Interleaved planar pcb rf transformer 11/2014
  • Compact CO2 Slab-Laser
  • Hermetically-sealed RF feed-through w/integrated capacitor
  • Compensation for transient heating of laser mirrors
  • Thermal Distortion Compensation for Laser Mirrors
  • Field adjustable control valve assembly and field adjustment module
  • RF excited CO2 slab laser tube housing and electrodes cooling
  • Thermal distortion compensation for laser mirrors
  • RF Shielded, series inductor, high RF Power Impedance matching interconnector for CO2 slab laser
  • Multi-line Fluid Supply Manifold Assembly
  • Gas-Constricted Arc Nozzle (2 Patents)


Michael Costen has been granted Patents for the following innovations:

  • Pumpkin Carving Tool
  • Lightweight, High Speed Advanced Turbine Disk
  • Structural Advancement for high pressure plate heat exchanger
  • Light weight and Low Cost Solar Collector
  • Heat Exchanger with Header Tubes
  • High Strength, Fast Acting Mechanical Clamp

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Awards

Certificate of Achievement was awarded to ASR Corporation for dedication to the project and successful milestone achievement of July 10, 2014 on the S-92 Sponson Analysis Completion. ASR partnered with Meggitt Polymers and Composites a GA based company in meeting this goal.

ASR Corporation received the "Alliance Partner of the Year" award on May 15, 2007. Lynne Costen representing ASR Corp accepted the award in Washington DC. US Senator Joseph Lieberman also extended his congratulations to Mike Costen and ASR Corporation.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presents to Michael K. Costen for the creative development of a scientific contribution which has been determined to be of significant value in the advancement of the space and aeronautical activities of NASA and is entitled: "Lightweight, Low-cost Solar Energy Collector"

The award was presented to Michael K. Costen on May 16, 2006

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presents the Public Service Group Achievement Award to ASR Corporation (Microwave Limb Sounder Gas Laser Team) for outstanding accomplishment in the development of a 2.5 terahertz laser local oscillator for critical atmospheric measurements on the Aura mission.

The award was presented to ASR on March 29, 2005 by Frederick D. Gregory, Deputy Administrator, NASA


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MORE ASR WORK GOING INTO ORBIT

ASR Corporation is proud to have been a part of the US Air Force Space Test Program's S-26 Rocket which was launched 11/19/2010 from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska. One of the seven satellites being launched on this rocket is FalconSAT-5 whose primary experiment is the AFRL sponsored Space Plasma Characterization Source that ASR helped with others in playing a quintessential role in its success. Live video feed and status updates can be found on the link below. http://spaceflightnow.com/minotaur/stps26/status.html

ASR Corporation would like to congratulate Honeywell and Electroid Co. for FAA certification of 737 and 747 Nitrogen Generating Systems. ASR is proud to have provided structural analysis and design support to Electroid Co. for this effort.


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NITROGEN GENERATION SYSTEM REDUCES RISK OF FUEL TANK FIRE

ASIAN AEROSPACE, Feb. 21, 2006 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has received FAA Certification for its Nitrogen Generation System (NGS) for Boeing's 737 airplanes. The certification comes less than two months after the company received similar approval for the inerting system on Boeing 747 airplanes.

The Honeywell NGS reduces the risk of flammability of an aircraft fuel tank by injecting nitrogen-enriched air into it. Using micro fibers, nitrogen-enriched air is produced by separating oxygen from conditioned engine-bleed air through components supplied by Parker Aerospace.

The nitrogen displaces the oxygen in the fuel tank, thereby reducing the risk of an explosion or fire.

"Honeywell is committed to providing innovative products for commercial aviation," said Tim Mahoney, President, Air Transport & Regional, Honeywell Aerospace, "One of our highest business priorities is ensuring the safety of customers who use our products. It's a natural extension of our expertise in thermal management and systems integration to develop an inerting system for use in the fuel tanks of a variety of aircraft. We will continue to work with suppliers and customers to provide similar protection for other air transport airplanes, as well," he added.

"We have completed flight testing of the nitrogen generation system with outstanding results and have entered full-scale production," said Eric Wendling, NGS Program Manager. "We are performing an In-Service Evaluation with the NGS System installed in four commercial airplanes currently in service. Our next steps will be to pursue certification for additional applications," he added.


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LOCAL INVENTOR RECEIVES NEEDED BOOST FROM NASA OUTREACH PROGRAM

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (April 16, 2003) - With help from the NASA-funded Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) and Aerospace Structural Research Corp. (ASR), local inventor Joel LePore is ready to manufacture and sell his innovative "VibPro" vibration resistant wire terminal.

LePore, a former trucker, knew first-hand that wire terminal failure was often the cause of delays on the road. Because trucks and heavy machinery all endure extreme vibrations under the hood, wiring can break and/or come loose. Seeking a solution, Le Pore invented the VibPro - a vibration resistant wire terminal that is 30 times stronger than a regular terminal.

"For 13 years I drove heavy equipment for the transportation industry. In this business, time is everything," said Lepore. "Frequently, wiring would short out in our trucks due to intense engine vibrations and eventually the battery wouldn’t take a re-charge. A lot of heavy equipment has this problem since current battery construction involves soldering a thin wire to a cheap terminal."

LePore figured if he could develop a stronger terminal, able to endure continual vibration, he could sell the device to the trucking industry. He tinkered in his garage and came up with what he felt sure was the right design. However, "garage tested and approved" would not cut it in today’s business environment.

Fortunately, LePore learned about SATOP and the free engineering advice the program offers to small businesses and inventors when he attended the Orange County Chamber’s 2002 Business Expo. Joel stopped at SATOP's table and was so intrigued by the program he filled out a Request for Technical Assistance form on the spot.

SATOP paired LePore with Mike Costen, a principal engineer with ASR, a high tech company providing engineering support services to commercial industry and government agencies. "Joel had an innovative mechanical concept that he wanted to commercialize, but the design wasn’t supported with CAD drawings or research," said Costen. "I knew that if he wanted to present this product to manufacturers and buyers he would need more stringent tests and analysis."

This is where ASR was able to help. Costen slightly modified the original design, as well as provided the CAD drawings and detailed analysis that LePore needed when presenting the VibPro to manufactures and trucking industry representatives. ASR also conducted a finite element stress analysis, using state of art tools. "We were able to confirm that Joel’s original design was viable -- in fact, the VibPro can handle over 100 g’s of acceleration and still have an infinite life," noted Costen.

Lepore has a provisional patent on the VibPro and the prototypes he built and installed have so far operated flawlessly. "I installed one on a farm tractor in Warick, New York and this vehicle takes a beating," said Lepore. "I can’t think of a better field test than that!"Mike Costen enjoyed working with LePore and SATOP. "This was my first SATOP assignment, but I understand from my colleagues that you never know what you’ll get -- sometimes it’s a tough technical challenge and at other times we simply give advice," said Costen. "In this case we were able help an inventor who had a sound idea but needed the presentation materials to convince an audience of its viability.

"SATOP is a well organized, well run operation. Ryan McLaughlin [SATOP - NY Engineering Services Manager], my point of contact, was very good at following up and making sure we were communicating at every point along the way," said Costen.

LePore also has ample praise for SATOP. "I can’t say enough good things about SATOP," said LePore. "As an inventor, I don’t have the capital to conduct all the research and testing ASR did, so it was a blessing. I’m now one of SATOP’s biggest supporters."


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SATOP Makes Beautiful Music with Bassesloaded

Al Powell has immersed himself in the world of music for as long as he can remember. Powell, 46, has worked as a sound engineer, an entertainment venue production manager, and as the owner and operator of successful Philadelphia-based Columbus Rehearsal Studios, formerly known as 1020 RPM. "I have been learning how to play bass since I was 14, and in 1981 I built my own acoustic guitar," said Powell. "I have always had a profound interest in exceeding the limits of present-day musical instruments."

On a mission to transform this pursuit into a reality and prototype his own musical instruments, Powell founded a business he christened "Bassesloaded" in the summer of 2001. Over the years, he has developed three instrument modifications. Bassesloaded's most recent project is an instrument Powell describes as "a multi-stringed, multi-tunable instrument in which each string is its own universe." Dubbed "Bipolar," it stands apart from other instruments in that it is simplified, indestructible and extremely versatile.

Last year, however, Powell faced a technical roadblock that threatened to slow the instrument's development. He found that the force of tuning his creation would bend the neck of the instrument, which consisted of a steel rod. The bending of the neck moved the strings too far from the surface, making it nearly impossible to play. Powell had tested different tuning mechanisms, but all threatened the instrument's simplicity, because each would require the addition of other parts.

Uncertain of how to proceed, Powell came across a SATOP success story while paging through magazines in the waiting room of a doctor's office. Unsure of whether Bassesloaded would qualify, he contacted SATOP and spoke with Madi Kalibala, Project Engineer at SATOP New York. "I was my only employee, and I didn't really think that Bassesloaded would be considered for help from SATOP. I had so many questions, but Madi helped me identify the problem and assigned me to an Alliance Partner," said Powell.

SATOP promptly initiated contact between Powell and Mike Costen, Principal Engineer at Aerospace Structural Research Corporation (ASR Corp.), a Bronze Alliance Partner in Milford, CT. ASR Corp. Analytical Engineer Cezar Moisiade was assigned the request for technical assistance (RTA). "Al was looking for a material in rod form that would be cost effective and durable, all while maintaining Bipolar's structural integrity," said Moisiade. "The new material also had to be of the same thickness and length as the stainless steel Al had been using. Otherwise, all integral parts would have to be redesigned."

Drawing from experience, Moisiade studied materials that he thought might fit all of the qualifications. From that research, Moisiade produced a design matrix that provided the thickness, weight, deflection and cost of the finest materials Powell could use to optimize the instrument's design. After studying the information provided, Moisiade was able to determine that the perfect material for Bipolar would be carbon fiber. Additionally, ASR Corp., informed Powell of where he could obtain the carbon fiber rods.

"There is a tremendous value added from the work we are able to do through SATOP. Al was able to save several years in development and a lot of money. Looking for a material with limited scientific knowledge and resources was like walking in the dark," said Costen. "As it turns out, Bipolar will gain a great deal of structural integrity from switching to carbon fiber."

Powell said that SATOP is a fantastic resource for entrepreneurs."I was treated with the same respect and diligence as a scientist would be," Powell said. "It pleases me to know that my tax dollars make this research available to small business owners like myself. Tapping into SATOP's resources has been a phenomenal experience for Bassesloaded."

Challenge:
Needed a better material for the neck of this instrument, as the original stainless steel neck would bend during tuning.

Solution:
Analyzed different materials, and recommended switching from steel to carbon fiber rods, which are cost-effective and durable.

Result:
"I was treated with the same respect and diligence as a scientist would be. Tapping into SATOP's resources has been a phenomenal experience for Bassesloaded."
-Al Powell, Owner


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