Application Briefs

Radioisotope System Keeps Mars Rover Moving

The instruments aboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover receive their power from a radioisotope system assembled and tested at Idaho National Laboratory. The Multi- Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator is a “space battery” that can reliably power a deep space mission for many years.

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Battery Pack Powers NASA Rocket Launch

Quallion, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion storage systems, assisted in the launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Pegasus® rocket, which carried NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Array Telescope (NuSTAR) satellite.

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Rugged IP-Based Video Surveillance System Keeps Taipei Trains Moving

Averaging 1.6 million passengers per day, the Taipei Metro, also known as the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, is one of the busiest transportation systems in Asia and has become an important driver for business and lifestyle in Taiwan. To ensure smooth and reliable operations and keep a watchful eye on the security and safety of riders, a CCTV-based onboard video surveillance system has been in place on a number of Taipei Metro carriages since 2010. The system makes it possible for train drivers to access live video images of critical areas, and video recordings are also available for later review and analysis.

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Custom Drive System Helps Mercedes-Benz Reduce Draft in Convertibles

The AIRCAP® automatic draft stop, offered in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertibles, is distinctively different from conventional angular wind deflectors. It is entirely embedded into the car body and completely concealed into the windshield frame when deactivated. In its activated state, an aerodynamically shaped wind deflector extends on top of the windshield without disfiguring the automobile’s aesthetic side line.

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Calibration of 2D Cameras for 3D Inspection

In many applications, 2D cameras are used to produce 3D imaging for general purpose inspections. There are numerous 3D inspection applications. Some of them include reverse engineering, electronics inspection, food inspection, auto parts inspection, and recreational simulation.

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NASA Uses Video Processing Platform to Study Hurricanes and Wildfires

As part of NASA’s Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) missions, video processing technology from GE Intelligent Platforms was deployed onboard NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. The rugged full-motion-video (FMV) compression appliance, the GE daq8580, provides visual situational awareness. The missions are a joint partnership between NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and use the autonomous Global Hawk to conduct atmospheric research initiatives.

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Surface Temperature Mapping System Measures Laser-Heated Targets

Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC (BD&E) has been awarded a $125,000 SBIR contract by NASA to develop a surface temperature mapping system for re-entry vehicle heat shields. The hyperspectral-imaging technology will provide temperature accuracy during ground tests.

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