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Clustered Storage System Enables Image Geoprocessing of Earth’s Surface

Isilon IQ Clustered Storage System Isilon Systems Seattle, WA 206-315-7500 www.isilon.com NASA World Wind is an open-source, virtual globe software enabling users to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, providing an eye-level view of the Earth’s surface. World Wind works with i-cubed, a geoprocessing service organization in Colorado that performs the geoprocessing required to convert raw satellite data into high-resolution imagery of the Earth’s terrain. The data is then returned to World Wind for integration into Microsoft.NET-based application, staging, and online delivery.

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Multi-Bit-Rate Switcher Is Part of High-Definition Upgrade at NASA

HANABI HVS-3800HS Multi-Bit Rate Switcher FOR-A Waltham, MA 714-867-3311 www.for-a.com NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD, manages the Hubble Space Telescope that has, since its launch in 1990, recorded more than 700,000 images in its quest to explore the solar system. Recently, NASA announced plans for a fifth servicing mission to the Hubble in which the FOR-A HANABI switcher was used in a live press conference to produce and record the news in high-definition (HD). The images were then converted for distribution to the public via NASA-TV. “Given that the Hubble is so important, we wanted to be able to announce this in HD for historical purposes,” said Patrick Kennedy, GSFC’s TV production manager.

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CAD/Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Modeling Environment

ALGOR, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, has released ALGOR V20, an integrated CAD/finite element analysis (FEA) modeling environment for working with imported CAD models or building original models. New features include design scenarios that let a single FEA model contain numerous analyses; a software wizard for creating bolts and fasteners; design studies and size optimization, which provide automated tools for achieving optimal designs based on user-supplied criteria; and improved meshing capabilities. Other new features are a k-epsilon turbulence model for fluid flow analysis, which allows specification of wall roughness, and a reinforced (rebar) concrete element and material model for realistic simulation of concrete structures. The software also supports multiple rotating frames of reference for 3D modeling of complex fans and similar systems, and the capability to define results-based load curves for Mechanical Event Simulation. Enhanced multiphysics analysis includes coupled unsteady fluid flow and transient heat with buoyancy effects.

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NASA-Funded Project Investigates Deep-Sea Life

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, CA, is using funding from organizations including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to develop the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), an electromechanical/ fluidic instrument that collects discrete water samples from the ocean subsurface. It concentrates microorganisms (particulates), and automates application of molecular probes to identify microorganisms and their gene products. The ESP also archives samples so that further analyses may be done after the instrument is recovered. NASA is considering how elements of the ESP might be useful in looking for life on other planets.

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Ethernet Switch With Port-Based VLAN Support

The PRV-1059 VLAN-enabled 5-port PC/104 Ethernet switch from Parvus Corp. (Salt Lake City, UT) is designed and tested to MIL-STD-810F, and features low power consumption of 1.5 watts and extended-temperature operation to 85°C.

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Low-Profile Surface-Mount Inductors for Small PCBs

Datatronic Distribution (Romoland, CA) offers the DR331-5 surface-mount inductor for designers of small, compact, or portable electronic equipment with limited printed circuit board (PCB) space. The inductor is 0.39" tall, and measures 0.263 × 0.220".

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Embedded Software Verification for Early Device Testing

S2 Technologies (San Diego, CA) has released the STRIDE 2.0 embedded software verification platform providing infrastructure and tools that enable development teams to perform testing, verification, and integration of embedded software. By using STRIDE, developers do not have to wait until final integration and testing to identify software issues. STRIDE’s virtual-platform approach lets developers exercise code without writing test code, remove software dependencies, simulate new or missing functionality, capture internal software transactions or events, leverage scripting for automation, and apply other tools to the embedded software verification process.

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