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Machine Vision and Smart Cameras: Powerful Tools for Machine Builders

Machine builders in this day and age are part of a fast-growing and rapidly changing industry sector. With vast improvements in commercial off-the-shelf products for measurement and control, as well as falling prices, machine builders can now take advantage of an assortment of powerful tools when implementing their designs, rather than rely on the age-old method of making a custom design for every application.

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Enhancing Image Clarity in the SWIR

A chromatic or color-corrected lenses for use in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum have been addressed in literature, textbooks, and industry journals as early as the 18th Century. Many of these accounts by scientists and optical designers detail a method of selecting two dissimilar materials to form an achromatic pair or doublet with the ability to greatly counter image blurring resulting from the dispersive nature of refractive optical elements. Whether these tried and true optical formulae produce equally successful results in wavelengths beyond the visible range warrants further examination.

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Edward Austin, SOFIA Science Systems Project Manager

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a joint venture between NASA and the German space agency, DLR, involving the use of a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft as an airborne astronomical observatory. Edward Austin is the SOFIA Science and Mission Operation Project Manager.

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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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