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KSC Spaceport Weather Data Archive

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida The Spaceport Weather Data Archive provides a fully searchable database of weather data gathered at Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Weather data includes wind, temperature, and humidity data from a surface meteorological tower network; upper air soundings from both weather balloons and radar wind profilers; and data from the extensive rain gauge network. Not only can the user easily retrieve data and download it, but the user can also view graphically the weather data on a map overlay. For example, the user can enter search criteria to view all lightning strikes ending at a particular date/time, and graphically see the lightning strikes color-coded based on elapsed time for the prior seven hours. A unique feature of the software is the capability to invoke an automated playback for cloud-to-ground lightning events on a geographic overlay for a selected date and time interval.

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Visualizing Acquisition, Processing, and Network Statistics Through Database Queries

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Given a date range, the UAVSAR MySQL database is queried to evaluate data acquisition, processing status, and network performance, and uses the Google Charts API to dynamically return images of pie and bar charts to visualize processing and network statistics. The MySQL database is populated with relevant data that includes processing status, as well as network performance (ping and sample file downloads). Then, using the open Google Charts API, the metrics are displayed for any desired date range.

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Systems and Services for Near-Real-Time Web Access to NPP Data

Software for processing and interpreting S-NPP observations and related data has become publicly available and more readily usable. Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama The recently launched Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) satellite, operated by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), is providing multispectral global observations over the next several years to support a broad array of research and applications. SNPP data products consist of a complex set of data and metadata files in highly specialized formats, and the U.S. government’s operational ground segment delivers these to users with delays of several hours to a few days.

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“Ascent - Commemorating Shuttle” — A NASA Film and Multimedia Project DVD

The production has demonstrated itself not only to be a technical record, but to also serve as an inspirational, motivational, and educational tool. John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio NASA seeks to preserve, and make readily accessible, historical Space Shuttle launch footage to inspire and educate NASA stakeholders both in and outside the NASA family through the dissemination of the Ascent production materials as a DVD, and through both NASA Television and online social media avenues without incurring distribution and media costs.

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High-Pressure, Reduced-Kinetics Mechanism for N-Hexadecane Oxidation

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Combustion of realistic fuels is described by thousands of reactions involving thousands of species. Coupling these detailed chemical mechanisms with turbulence simulations is completely impractical because there is no computer powerful enough to solve the resulting equations.

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Method of Error Floor Mitigation in Low-Density Parity-Check Codes

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California Low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes often suffer from an “error floor” in which increasing signal-to-noise ratios do not lead to substantially better error rate performance. Error floors of LDPC codes are often not an inherent problem of the code design, but rather, a limitation of the standard decoding algorithms.

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X-Ray Flaw Size Parameter for POD Studies

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) method capability is determined by a statistical flaw detection study called probability of detection (POD) study. In many instances, the NDE flaw detectability is given as a flaw size such as crack length. The flaw is either a crack or behaving like a crack in terms of affecting the structural integrity of the material. Although the crack size relates to structural integrity of the part, it may not be the only factor that affects the flaw detectability for most NDE methods. Crack length, depth, and opening may relate differently to the flaw detectability. Part surface roughness and cleanliness may affect the flaw detectability. The proposed flaw size parameter and the computer application described here give an alternative approach to conduct the POD studies and apply results of the POD study to reliably detect small flaws through better assessment of effect of interaction between various geometric parameters.

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