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Robonaut 2 Wins 2014 Government Invention of the Year

Robonaut 2, NASA’s first humanoid robot in space, was selected as the NASA Government Invention of the Year for 2014. The NASA selection committee evaluated the robot in the following areas: aerospace significance, industry significance, humanitarian significance, technology readiness level, NASA use, industry use, and creativity.

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Meanwhile on the Space Station…

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have begun a one-year mission in space. The mission will help researchers better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration spaceflight. While on the ISS, Kelly’s identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, will undergo comparative genetic studies. Differences, or lack thereof, between the Kelly brothers after Scott’s year in space and Mark’s year on Earth could shed new light on the effects of spaceflight on the human body.

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Researcher Spotlight: Imaging Software Improves Video Monitoring of Vital Signs

By detecting nearly imperceptible changes in skin color, emerging imaging technologies have been able to extract pulse rate, breathing rate, and other vital signs from a person facing a camera. The videography tools have struggled, however, to compensate for low light conditions, dark skin tones, and movement.

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High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) Upgrades Inspection Results

HDRI features capture details when the environment, or the objects themselves, are both bright and dark. Designers and operators of automated inspection systems have long been challenged with completing accurate inspections when those tasks required high dynamic range, or when there was a need to capture critical details in objects or environments with high contrast between their brightest and darkest areas.

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Advanced Holography Offers 3D Fire Measurements

In a propellant fire, large molten aluminum drops form at the burning surface. The drops are lofted into the environment and can severely damage anything that they fall on. Liquid breakup must be understood to predict the scale and intensity of such fires.

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Cameras Provide Critical Data for NASA Rocket’s First Flight

On March 11, NASA tested the powerful five-segment booster for NASA’s new rocket, the Space Launch System. To provide critical data for the rocket’s first flight, eight cameras with more than 40 different settings — including varying exposures — were set up near the forward portion of the booster. During the two-minute test, the cameras were computer-controlled and cycled through pre-programmed settings.

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Product of the Month: June 2015

Diversified Technical Systems, Seal Beach, CA, has introduced the SLICE Pro shock-hardened, mega-sample data acquisition system. The miniature SLICE data recorder can be mounted directly on the test article — no slip rings or telemetry are required. The recorder fits on virtually any moving or rotating part without altering test dynamics, and is rugged enough for extreme test environments. For applications like measuring torque on a drive shaft, SLICE mounts directly on the shaft next to the strain gauges. Each 3-channel “slice,” or layer, is modular and weighs less than 14 grams. The SLICE Pro is a complete solution with programmable sensor interface, adjustable filters, 16-bit ADC, and Ethernet communication. It features user-selectable sampling rates up to 1Msps/channel, data bandwidth options to 200 kHz, and supports full- and half-bridge sensors, strain gages, IEPE, voltage input, and thermocouples. Two software options, SLICEWare and DataPRO, enable users 6to enter sensor and sampling parameters, and the software automatically sets up the hardware. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-120

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