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Core Flight System (cFS) Software Bus Network Application Version 1.0

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland The Software Bus Network (SBN) is a plug-in component developed for the Core Flight System (cFS) framework that extends the core Flight Executive (cFE) Software Bus (SB) publish/subscribe messaging service across partitions, processes, processors, and networks. This extension is done transparently for cFS software components, such that cFS software components remain unchanged and are unaware of source or destination(s) location.

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STARS Finite Element Multidisciplinary Analysis Computer Program

Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, California An efficient, cost-effective, and unique computer program has been developed that analyzes a variety of practical engineering problems. STructural Analysis Routines (STARS) is a fully integrated, multidisciplinary, finite element-based, graphic-oriented analysis tool that combines individual modules to solve complex engineering problems. The range of applications includes structural analysis, heat transfer, linear aerodynamics, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as well as coupled linear and CFD-based aeroelastic, aeroacoustics, aerothermoelastic-acoustics, and aeroservoelastic analysis. Because of the tool’s highly integrated nature, it has broad application across many engineering disciplines.

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Hazards Analysis Management Tool

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland The Hazard Analysis Management Tool (HAMT) is comprised of a database and user interface that manages hazard analysis information, manages hazard verifications, and manages relationships between hazard attributes and project elements. The tool offers numerous benefits including the ability for multiple users to simultaneously update information, auto-generation of hazard reports, improved data consistency, ability to quickly obtain up-to-date status reports, and the ability to execute complex queries on the hazard information. This tool does not provide a mechanism for the identification of hazards. The tool requires minimal IT overhead and is easily tailored for specific projects and/or user groups. This tool was developed as a support capability, and testing was limited to the operational environment in which it was initially deployed.

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Developing Web and Mobile Applications Integrated with Systems Utilizing the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service

DDS-enabled applications range from human-computer interaction to data recording and retrieval. John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida Several software application development tools exist that enable the rapid development of Web applications. Among other things, Web applications greatly enhance the human-computer interaction (HCI) required by many systems, while simplifying the problem of deploying applications to customers. Capitalizing on the new features provided by these tools could prove to be a boon to mission and project teams.

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Synthetic Imaging Maneuver Optimization — SIMO

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland Space-based interferometry missions have the potential to revolutionize imaging and astrometry, providing observations of unprecedented accuracy. Realizing the full potential of these interferometers poses several significant technological challenges. These include the efficient maneuvering of multiple collectors to various baselines to make the requisite observations; regulating the path-length of science light from the collecting telescopes to the combining instrument with nanometer accuracy, despite the presence of vibration induced by internal and external disturbance sources; and demonstrating through hardware-in-the-loop simulation that the numerous spacecraft (SC) subsystems can be coordinated to perform such challenging observations in a precise, efficient, and robust manner.

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A Large-Eddy Simulation Model of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer

The model includes the interaction of various physical processes, including turbulence, clouds, precipitation, and radiation. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California The atmospheric boundary layer is the lowermost layer of the atmosphere and is host to a plethora of physical processes that significantly affect weather, climate, and air quality. In many applications, detailed information about the boundary layer is required at high temporal and spatial resolution. The main purpose of the current model is to provide accurate and finely resolved inspace and time predictions of the atmospheric boundary layer. High-resolution predictions of the boundary layer are typically pertinent in the development and evaluation of weather and climate models, in fundamental studies of atmospheric dynamics including clouds and precipitation, the dispersion of pollutants, and the development of remote sensing instruments.

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Detection of Carried and Dropped Objects in Surveillance Video

This software analyzes a video input stream and automatically detects carried and dropped objects in near-real-time. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California DARPA’s Mind’s Eye Program aims to develop a smart camera surveillance system that can autonomously monitor a scene and report back human-readable text descriptions of activities that occur in the video. An important aspect is whether objects are brought into the scene, exchanged between persons, left behind, picked up, etc. While some objects can be detected with an object-specific recognizer, many others are not well suited for this type of approach. For example, a carried object may be too small relative to the resolution of the camera to be easily identifiable, or an unusual object, such as an improvised explosive device, may be too rare or unique in its appearance to have a dedicated recognizer. Hence, a generic object detection capability, which can locate objects without a specific model of what to look for, is used. This approach can detect objects even when partially occluded or overlapping with humans in the scene.

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