Southwest Research Institute explains significance of new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
NASA’s newly released high-resolution color images from the James Webb Space Telescope are a snapshot of our universe millions of years ago and the result of 120 hours of observation or about five days’ worth of data.
NASA's Juno spacecraft detects strange new auroras on Jupiter
NASA's Juno spacecraft captured a new aurora feature on Jupiter that is characterized by faint ring-shaped emissions that expand rapidly over time. These auroral emissions are believed to be triggered by charged particles coming from the edge of the planet's magnetosphere.space.com
SwRI to test AI-created flying car designs
SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. Southwest Research Institute received a four-year, $7.2 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency to test air taxi designs created by artificial intelligence systems, according to a Tuesday news release. The project is part of DARPA’s Symbiotic Design for Cyber Physical Systems program, created in August 2019 to streamline design though AI-enabled tools. In many ways, it’s the perfect concept to test an AI’s design capabilities,” Whittington said in the release, adding that there is less room for human error through such designs. Read more on this story at the San Antonio Business Journal.
Southwest Research Institute awarded $1 million contract to maintain aging Air Force aircraft
SAN ANTONIO – Southwest Research Institute has received a $1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, with Sabreliner Aviation, to continue maintaining an aging fleet of military aircraft. “Work like this is vital to extending the lifetime of these aircraft,” Smith said. $1.9M contract awarded to Southwest Research Institute to develop COVID-19 cureThe A-10 came into service in the late 1970s, and the fleet is currently set to continue service until at least 2040. “It’s important to understand the stresses on the aircraft because that will tell us where cracks will grow and how fast,” Smith said. “That also feeds into deciding how often inspections are needed.”SwRI has provided technical engineering support to the Air Force for several decades.
SwRI: Testing reveals ‘counterfeit’ KN95 masks
SAN ANTONIO – Southwest Research Institute has revealed that 8 of 11 different brands of counterfeit KN95 masks tested by the organization were manufactured in China, according to Dr. Imad Khalek, the program’s senior program manager. Khalek said KN95 is the Chinese version of the American-made N95 masks that are now hard to find. He said 73% of the counterfeit masks failed and were only 63% efficient, instead of 95% or higher that you get with real N95 masks. Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic began, SwRI switched from testing engine emissions to testing emission of particles through masks. “Maybe hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by various healthcare systems in hospitals on counterfeit KN95 masks,” Khalek said.
$1.9M contract awarded to Southwest Research Institute to develop COVID-19 cure
SAN ANTONIO Researchers and scientists around the world are working tirelessly to come up with a cure or vaccine for COVID-19. A new $1.9 million contract is helping the Southwest Research Institute in their effort to beat the novel coronavirus. Accelerating this project in terms of getting it funded is faster than Ive ever seen in my career, Dr. Jonathan Bohmann, principal scientist at the Southwest Research Institute said. Southwest Research Institute to host course for rocket engineers this fallDr. Bohmann has been a scientist for 25 years and in February he and his team started working on the fight against the coronavirus. At the Southwest Research Institute scientists are virtually screening millions of drug compounds to search for and test possible treatment options in what is a collaborative effort.
Southwest Research Institute to host course for rocket engineers this fall
San Antonio Engineers and developers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio said theyre hoping a new course theyll offer this fall will help those in the rocket engineering field. An introductory course on liquid propellant system design and analysis for launch vehicles will be held in October. The course is for rocket engineers who are familiar with the fuel system that makes rockets go but need to learn the complex process of doing it in outer space. One of the reasons why we're doing this course is because there really isn't a good place to get this kind of training anywhere. We've got a number of test rigs that have supported some of the NASA work on sloshing, Musgrove said.
Southwest Research Institute Technology IDs Potential Drugs to Fight Coronavirus
Scientists at Southwest Research Institute are using a virtual screening tool to identify drugs that may be used to treat patients who contract the novel coronavirus. So far, the tool has led researchers to identify 10 drugs that could potentially be effective at slowing or preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) President Adam Hamilton said Wednesday. The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 2,000 people, all but six of them in mainland China. The Rhodium software can scan up to 250,000 drug compounds per day, following updates made to the technology by the SwRI research team. A 3D model of the coronavirus was used to evaluate potential drugs from a database of compounds, the statement said.therivardreport.com
Southwest Researchs Adam Hamilton to Lead Board of San Antonio Chamber
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has named Southwest Research Institute President and CEO Adam Hamilton chairman of its board of directors for the 2020 term. I believe the Chamber is a powerful tool that we can use to help our business community thrive while we also serve our community, Hamilton stated Friday. Andrade is a partner with Go Rio Cruises, the San Antonio River barge operator, and also serves as one of three chairs of ConnectSA, a nonprofit formed to create a comprehensive transportation plan for the San Antonio area. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I understand firsthand the role that the Chamber must play in order for our business community to thrive, said Andrade. Founded in 1894, the San Antonio Chamber is one of the citys largest and most prominent business organizations and is one of the multiple chambers of commerce representing business interests in San Antonio.therivardreport.com
TECH SA: Southwest Research Institute engineers are on cutting edge of hypersonic research
Hypersonic research is booming worldwide and catching the attention of the travel and defense industries. The engineers are on the cutting edge of hypersonic research. Hypersonic speed is defined as faster than five times the speed of sound or higher. Hypersonic research is catching a lot of people's attention, including U.S. Army officials. This year, the Army announced contracts for works related to the production of hypersonic weapon systems.
Second Annual Rivard Report Medical Forum Focuses on Billion-Dollar Research Partnership
In the past several years, San Antonios medical, academic, and research sectors have collaborated at an unprecedented rate in an attempt to increase the number of research dollars coming into the city. Knowing they can bring in more money working together than separately, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio, and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have joined forces on various projects and shared faculty and search teams for talent. People talk about San Antonio being Military City or Cyber City, which is certainly true, but we are now on our way to becoming a knowledge economy city, he said. The luncheon will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio NW I-10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and tickets can be purchased through Oct. 15. Disclosure: UT Health San Antonio is a Rivard Report business member.therivardreport.com
SwRI researchers develop software to detect weather, traffic...
SAN ANTONIO - Local researchers are developing software that transportation agencies can use to detect and report traffic condition changes and information on weather conditions. Tropical Storm Imelda served as an opportunity for the Southwest Research Institute. A team used Houston traffic data during the storm to train its new software to recognize different weather patterns. He said math equations take what the camera sees and turn it into information on weather conditions and information on traffic congestion. The cameras, in most cases, are already in place, and its more costly to maintain weather sensors.
Research scientist lives out his boyhood dream
SAN ANTONIO - Fifty years after Apollo 11 left for the moon, more has yet to be learned from lunar samples on loan from the Johnson Space Center to Southwest Research Institute. Ed Patrick, senior research scientist at SWRI, said the Apollo 11 landing is "probably more than any other event responsible for where I am today." He said its only about eight grams, less than two teaspoons, but those cosmic dust bunnies are considered priceless lunar resources. He said Apollo 11 was an amazing achievement given technology then is nowhere what it is today. The computer in your cellphone is more powerful than what Neil Armstrong had to pilot his spacecraft, Patrick said.
Southwest Research scientists to 'chase the moon's shadow' in planes
"We are flying a couple of NASA's WB-57 high altitude research jets,” Dr. Amir Caspi, with the Southwest Research Institute, said. Traveling at 450 mph, scientists from the San Antonio-based SwRI will be chasing the moon’s shadow. With two planes, it will allow for around seven and half minutes underneath the total solar eclipse. "A total eclipse provides a unique opportunity to study the solar corona,” said Caspi. It’s millions of degrees hotter than the solar surface,” Caspi said.