Application Briefs

NASA Analyzes Toyota Camry Software With Static-Analysis Tool

CodeSonar, Coverity Prevent, and Uno softwareGrammaTechIthaca, NY607-273-7340www.grammatech.comThe results of a ten-month study by 30 NASA engineers of possible electronic causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles was released recently by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). At the request of Congress, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began the study last March and asked NASA engineers with expertise in electronic and software systems to look into consumer claims that electronic systems may have played a role in reports of unintended acceleration.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Analysis methodologies, Computer software and hardware, Embedded software, Test procedures

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MEMS Mirror Will Aid Space-Based Imaging

Microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based deformable mirrorBoston Micromachines Corp. (BMC)Cambridge, MA617-868-4178www.bostonmicromachines.comBoston Micromachines was awarded a Phase 1 NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to support space-based imaging research. The company is developing a reliable, fault-tolerant, microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based deformable mirror.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, MEMs, Mirrors, Imaging and visualization, Microelectromechanical devices

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Imaging System Buckles Up Camera and Parking Sensor

For five years, Michael Lunoe, President of Zorg Industries, had been in need of a camera system that could identify objects and provide accurate distance from the rear of a vehicle.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Imaging, Sensors, Bumpers, fasciae and grilles, Imaging and visualization, Sensors and actuators, Collision warning systems

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Software Helps NASA Develop Next-Generation Air Vehicles

PHX ModelCenter® softwarePhoenix IntegrationWayne, PA610-971-9603www.phoenix-int.comPhoenix Integration’s PHX ModelCenter® software has been used by NASA to create a robust, physics-based design and analysis framework to be used early in the design process for the next generation of air vehicles. It works in conjunction with other NASA software, and has resulted in lower costs and reduced product development time because it is easy to use and effective in the early stages of design.

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Multispectral Camera to Photograph Vegetation from the International Space Station

FluxData FD-1665 3CCD Multispectral CameraFluxData Inc.Rochester, NY800-425-0176www.fluxdata.comFluxData has launched a multispectral imager on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The FluxData FD-1665 3CCD Multispectral Camera technology is the basis of the International Space Station Agricultural Camera (ISSAC). In the upcoming months, the FluxData imager will be installed in the Window Observation Research Facility (WORF) by the crew onboard the ISS. ISSAC was developed by students and faculty of the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, ND in support of their Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) research efforts. ISSAC will take frequent multispectral images of vegetated areas on the Earth, specifically focusing on the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Cameras, Imaging

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Making Machine Vision Systems Smarter

Machine vision technology is used extensively throughout manufacturing to improve product quality, increase productivity and reduce costs. One of the reasons for that is a machine vision system will work tirelessly on mundane repetitive tasks at high speed with great precision.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, ptb catchall, Photonics, Artificial intelligence, Imaging and visualization, Computer integrated manufacturing

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Airfield Lighting Heated Lens

Kopp Glass, Pittsburgh, PA Incandescent lamps have been used as the primary light source in airfield lighting designs for many years. With recent environmental awareness of the general population and government regulation forcing greater energy efficiency, the lighting industry is rapidly transitioning to the use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs offer greater energy efficiency by using a greater portion of the input electrical energy for light output, thereby reducing the heat output generated due to electrical losses.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting

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