Robotic Arm Motor Controller Board

Jackson and Tull’s robotic motor controller design utilizes a revolutionary 120V, trapezoid power controller module that is 40% more efficient than other motor controller designs. The unit was designed and prototyped in six months and fits in a modular backplane that can control multi-motor robot arms.

Client Berthing System (CBS) Development

Jackson and Tull has developed prototype avionics while working with leading robotics developers to capture cooperative and uncooperative satellites.

Video Data Storage Unit (VDSU) Design

The VDSU is a reconfigurable, fault-tolerant system that controls and receives video imagery from up to 24 monochrome/color digital cameras/sensors, functions as a video router, provides simultaneous JPEG2000 compression of multiple cameras, and provides solid state data recording capability. The VDSU can compress 20 video and sensor inputs into a single high-speed downlink.

Compact Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Instrument

The Compact TIRS Instrument is ultra-low-cost infrared imaging  detector demonstrating SLS detector technology. The Compact TIRS Instrument avionics was based on the $140 million TIRS and TIRS II, but is a fraction of the size and costs.  This infrared detector has dual military and NASA  applications  because it can locate forest fires as well as missile launches. Jackson and Tull designed the new Compact TIRS Instrument board, which contains the TIRS Teledyne ASIC and TIRS FPE control, and included the Power Conditioning and communications for the instrument, all in one card.  The Compact TIRS Instrument detector electronics fits on a card less than six inches in length, and its design, layout, and fabrication was completed in less than six months by Jackson and Tull.

Parameter Strained Layer Super-Lattice (SLS)
Pixel Resolution 80 m x 80 m GSD
Field of View (FOV) 24 km x 19 km
Wavelengths 3.4 to 4.5 µm
8.0 to 10.5 µm
NEDIT 0.5 K to 1 K
Exposure Time/Frame Rate < 1 ms / 1 frame per second
Operating temperature 120 K

Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot 2 (VIPIR 2)

Advanced Avionics Support

VIPIR 2 is a multi-capability inspection tool designed to deliver near- and mid-range inspection capabilities in space.  Designed for the International Space Station Dextre robot, VIPIR and VIPIR 2 contain a Motorized Zoom Lens to capture images of satellite parts at various distances on the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module, a borescope camera, and a workspace camera. Mission controllers can command the tip of the tube to rotate up to 90 degrees in four opposing directions. It can be used for external and invasive inspections.

Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)

Jackson and Tull just completed the prototype printed wiring board (PWB) design, fabrication, and assembly of Goddard Space Flight Center’s new WFIRST space flight processor Card  design that utilizes multi-column-grid-array packages, including an RTG4 (radiation-hardened field-programmable gate array [FPGA]) and GR740 (radiation-hardened, fault-tolerant quad-core LEON4 SPARC V8  processor).