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This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October.

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Grand Prize Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

Winner of $20,000Litroenergy™, a New Light Source MaterialFrom left: Steve Stark; Michael P. Kohnen, II, inventor of Litroenergy and President/CEO of MPK Co.; and Michael P.Kohnen, Vice President.Steve StarkMPK Co.Champlin, MN A patent-pending light source material, Litroenergy™ contains self-luminous micro particles about the size of grains of salt called Litrospheres that emit light continuously for more than 12 years (half-life point) without any exposure to a light or other energy such as sunlight.

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Simscape™

The MathWorks, Natick, MA, has released Simscape™ software for modeling and simulating multidomain physical systems. Employing a physical network approach to model building, Simscape allows engineers to describe the physical structure of a system, rather than the underlying mathematics. From the model, the software automatically constructs equations that characterize the behavior of the system, and integrates them with the rest of the model. It provides libraries of fundamental elements from electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical domains that can be combined in a single environment. Engineers can convert models into C code using Real-Time Workshop® to run models in real time and perform hardware-in-the-loop testing. For Free Info

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Machinery & Equipment Category Winner, "Create the Future" 2007 Design Contest

(Winner of an HP Workstation) Cargo Management System Jeremy Connell Blacksburg, VA Standard truck beds lack the ability to secure loose items easily. The Cargo Management System design employs various methods in order to increase functionality while maintaining normal truck bed usage. The platform has a maximum height of 2", allowing for an ultra-low profile while the rails are not in use. Four lateral adjustments mate with the sidewalls of the truck bed. This feature allows for application in trucks with different bed sizes. The rail gutters are slightly raised off the platform surface to mimic the standard truck bed and simultaneously limit lateral motions of items placed within the rails.

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2007 Product of the Year Winners

The 13th annual NASA Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards will be presented on April 22 in New York City. See the June issue for photos and highlights from the awards presentation. Here are the winners, chosen by you, the readers of NTB:

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2007 NASA Tech Briefs "Create the Future" Design Contest

Presented by SolidWorks Corp. This year’s sixth annual NASA Tech Briefs’ “Create the Future” design contest, presented by SolidWorks Corp., recognized innovation in product design in six categories: Consumer Products, Safety & Security, Machinery & Equipment, Medical, Sustainable Technologies, and Transportation. A record 973 entries were received from engineers worldwide. On the following pages, you’ll meet the Grand Winner, as well as the winners and honorable mentions in all six categories. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thanks to all of the engineers who submitted their creative design ideas. To view the contest entries online: .

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Compact 6-DOF Stage for Optical Adjustments

Adjustments can be made in all translational and rotational degrees of freedom. The figure depicts selected aspects of a six-degree-of-freedom (6-DOF) stage for mechanical adjustment of an optical component. The six degrees of freedom are translations along the Cartesian axes (x, y, and z) and rotations about these axes (θx, θy, and θz, respectively). Relative to prior such stages, this stage offers advantages of compactness, stability, and robustness, plus other advantages as described below.

Posted in: Mechanics, Photonics, Briefs, TSP

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