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Instrument Unit Avionics Selected for NASA’s Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle

Instrument unit avionics The Boeing Company Chicago, IL 312-544-2000 www.boeing.com The Boeing Company has been awarded a NASA contract valued at approximately $265 million to produce the Ares I crew launch vehicle’s instrument unit avionics (IUA). The IUA provides the guidance, navigation, and control hardware for the new Ares I crew launch vehicle, serving as the “brains” behind the rocket’s ascent.

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Head-Worn Display Technology Developed for Emerging Air Transportation System

IS-1200 inertial-optical motion tracker InterSense Bedford, MA 781-541-6330 www.intersense.com NASA’s Langley Research Center has awarded InterSense a follow-on Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to deliver a prototype Head-Worn Display (HWD) featuring the company’s inertial-optical hybrid motion-tracking technology. The system will replace flight deck displays with head-worn technology for commercial pilots, reducing costs and increasing safety. InterSense will deliver a customized IS-1200 system, integrated with a seethrough head mount to provide virtual information displays.

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Medical X-Ray Imaging System Improves Patient Diagnosis

For more than 40 years, Italray srl (Florence, Italy) has manufactured radiological equipment for traditional and digital medical applications, as well as computer-assisted systems dedicated to radiological purposes. The company’s solutions — which range from simple mobile x-ray equipment to complete radiology/ fluoroscopy diagnostic installations for traditional and digital radiology applications and angiography — are used in hospitals, universities, private research centers, and nursing homes in Europe and other parts of the world.

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Off-the-shelf Components Upgrade Analog X-ray Equipment

The discovery of X-rays was first reported at the end of 1895 when Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen was conducting experiments with electrostatic charges and cathode ray tubes. In 2008, we have such medical imaging technology as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron emission topography (PET). It might sound as though x-rays are antiquated. But they’re not.

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The Evolution of Storage

The embedded computing industry is being inundated with changes to storage products driven by technological advancements, market forces and environmental concerns. The precipitous drop in solid-state flash drive (SSD) prices has enabled designers, previously turned off by the cost, to now consider solid state as an option over rotating hard disk drives (HDD). With that decision comes a serious list of performance benefits, including improvements in durability and security, which SSDs have over HDDs.

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Avionics Subsystem and Components Developed for NASA’s Ares I Launch Vehicle

Ares I First Stage Avionics Subsystem Line-Replaceable Units L-3 Communications, Cincinnati Electronics Mason, OH 513-573-6505 www.L-3Com.com/ce L-3 Communications’ Cincinnati Electronics subsidiary has been selected by Alliant Techsystems to provide the avionics subsystem and components for NASA’s Ares I launch vehicle. Alliant Techsystems is the primary contractor for the first stage of the Ares I crew launch vehicle. This approximately $65 million effort will run through June 2014.

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NASA Deploys Supercomputer to Manage, Store, and Retrieve Data

SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility SGI Sunnyvale, CA 650-933-7777 www.sgi.com NASA researchers produce vast amounts of scientific and engineering data in spacecraft design, climate change studies, aeronautics analysis, and research into the Earth’s atmosphere. To manage, store, and retrieve this information, NASA is deploying a data management solution from SGI. The solution is based on the SGI InfiniteStorage Data Migration Facility (DMF) and is currently being used at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.

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