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NASA Names 2016 Software of the Year

NASA announced the winners of the Software of the Year awards for 2016: Langley Research Center and Ames Research Center. TAP cockpit-based software helps pilots determine the most efficient flight paths to their destinations while en-route. Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) was developed by NASA Langley and Engility Corp. of Billerica, MA. TAP is cockpit-based software that helps pilots determine the most efficient flight paths to their destinations while they are en-route and flying among other aircraft in the airspace. The application then allows them to make traffic aware strategic aircrew requests (TASAR) to ask air traffic controllers for a route change.

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Editor’s Choice: October 2016

Understanding the characteristics of a weather system is vital to predicting the path and severity of storms such as hurricanes and typhoons. The surface air pressure over the ocean is one of the key characteristics used in making those predictions. A new technology addresses gaps in the area of weather forecasting as a result of the inability to accurately detect atmospheric pressure above the ocean. Find out more HERE.

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Breaking Barriers in 3D Printing

Recently, I had the opportunity to see next-generation manufacturing technologies in use that truly demonstrate “a significant leap forward,” as Ilan Levin, CEO of Stratasys stated. On display for the first time to the public at last month’s IMTS show in Chicago, the Stratasys Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator and Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator present a customer-centric approach to 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

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OSIRIS-REx Begins its Journey

NASA’s first asteroid sampling mission launched into space on September 8, beginning a journey that could revolutionize our understanding of the early solar system. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security- Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is designed to rendezvous with, study, and return a sample of the asteroid Bennu to Earth.

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Editor’s Choice: September 2016

The Smartphone Video Guidance Sensor (SVGS) combines an autonomous rendezvous and docking sensor with an off-the-shelf smartphone to create a low-mass, low-cost sensor for small satellite and CubeSat applications. The SVGS images retroreflectors on the target vehicle using the smartphone camera, and processes the images to determine the range and orientation of the target vehicle. Although implemented on a Google Android smartphone, the sensor could be implemented on Apple iOS platforms. Find out more HERE.

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Finding NEEMO

A group of astronauts, engineers, and scientists ventured to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean this summer to prepare for future deep space missions and the journey to Mars. Isolating crew members at the bottom of the ocean simulates life and work for astronauts in microgravity environments like the International Space Station (ISS), or in spacecraft that will travel to asteroids and planets in the future.

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Next Mars Rover Heads Toward 2020 Launch

NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in the summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021. The Mars 2020 rover will collect samples of soil and rock, and cache them on the surface for potential return to Earth by a future mission.

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