Application Briefs

Shortwave Infrared - The Latest Weapon in the War on Terror

Keeping one step ahead of our adversaries is top priority for security forces with terrorist threats growing daily around the world. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance are the core situational awareness tools for the global war on terrorism (GWOT). Just as night vision equipment has denied terrorists the cover of darkness for more than a couple of decades, emerging shortwave infrared imaging technology is now removing weather and environmental limitations from the ISR equation.

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Supercomputer Aids NASA’s Journey to the Moon and Mars

SGI® Altix® ICE systemSilicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI)Sunnyvale, CA800-800-7441www.sgi.comSGI has supplied NASA's Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA with Pleiades, the world’s third-fastest supercomputer. The 51,200-core SGI® Altix® ICE 8200EX system can generate a theoretical peak of 609 trillion operations per second (TeraFLOPS). Pleiades supplements Columbia, the 14,336-core SGI® Altix®system.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Computers, Electronics & Computers, Computer software and hardware, Systems engineering, Spacecraft


Radiation Detection Hardware Part of Living With a Star Experiment

Space dosimeter card Space Micro Inc. San Diego, CA 858-332-0700 www.spacemicro.comSpace Micro’s space dosimeter card has been successfully integrated at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) into the Living with a Star (LWS), Space Environments Testbed (SET) experiment hardware. This hardware was designed by Clemson University, and was delivered to Goddard in 2007. Space Micro manufactured and tested the space-qualified card per Goddard space quality standards.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Sensors and actuators, Human factors, Radiation, Radiation protection


Real-Time Data Distribution for Industrial Automation Systems

The quest to bring lockstep efficiency to labor intensive factory production at first relied on mechanical ingenuity. Over time, as reliable and cost-effective microprocessor technology became available, assembly lines were retooled to use the new electronics to achieve greater automation and productivity. Today, pervasive network technology, including the Internet, is bringing about another evolutionary change in industrial automation. No longer is it sufficient for individual machines to perform their specific tasks independently. Instead, individual parts of a larger process must be aware of each other; they must exchange data in realtime, and adapt to changes in the process or environment. Additionally, it is increasingly necessary to exchange data outside of the traditional industrial network and beyond the factory floor, and to include enterprise LANs and the Internet. Up-tothe- minute information on manufacturing processes needs to be available to analysts, inventory managers, and others within the office environment.

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Imaging Technique Improves Quality Control of Pharmaceuticals

A focal plane array designed for the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle has helped a scientist see farther into the infrared spectrum.National Institutes of Health (NIH) researcher E. Neil Lewis picked up a mercury-cadmium telluride (MCT) array from Ted Heilweil, a colleague at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and placed it on the step-scanner of his infrared microscope.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Pharmaceuticals, Quality control


Communications and Tracking Services Support Near-Earth Missions

Telemetry, tracking, and command services ITT Corporation White Plains, NY 914-641-2000 www.itt.comITT Corporation has been selected by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to perform telemetry, tracking, and command services for near-Earth missions under the Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) contract. Under this contract, ITT will support NASA’s Space and Near Earth Networks, which provide most of the communications and tracking services for a wide range of Earth-orbiting spacecraft, including the International Space Station, the space shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Earth Observing System Satellites.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Satellite communications, Spacecraft guidance, Telemetry


Measurement Systems Aid NASA in Study of Space Station Solar Array Anomaly

Surface and roundness measurement systems Taylor Hobson West Chicago, IL 630-621-3099 www.taylor-hobson.comNASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama is using the Form Talysurf PGI 1230 Surface Measurement and the Talyrond 295 Roundness/Cylindricity Measurement Systems from Taylor Hobson to perform critical surface analysis of a damaged bearing assembly from the International Space Station (ISS). The results are expected to help NASA experts determine the cause of the damage to the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ), a 10-footdiameter ring that allows the station’s solar panel array to rotate and track the Sun.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement, Measurements, Test equipment and instrumentation, Spacecraft


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