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Control Software Navigates Lunar CubeSats

GNAT Programming Studio and GNAT Pro Compiler Software AdaCore New York, NY 866-787-4232 www.adacore.com Vermont Technical College’s Lunar CubeSat, measuring only 10 × 10 × 10 cm and weighing 1.1 kg, was launched into a 500-km earth orbit. The small satellite will remain in orbit for about three years to test the systems that will be used for an eventual lunar mission. The CubeSat project is part of NASA’s ELaNa (Educational Launch of Nano-satellites) IV program. The CubeSat’s navigation and control software was developed in SPARK/Ada using AdaCore’s GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) IDE and GNAT Pro compiler; the SPARK toolset from Altran, headquartered in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, proved the absence of runtime errors.

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Lunar Simulants Provide Critical Tests for Moon Missions

NU-LHT lunar simulant Zybek Advanced Products (ZAP) Boulder, CO 888-469-0110 www.zybekap.com Lunar simulants are a critical aspect of the return to the Moon and a planned lunar outpost. All mechanical equipment, chemical processes, and human health studies will be tested extensively with simulants prior to deployment. Zybek Advanced Products’ NU-LHT (NASA-USGS — Lunar Highlands Type) simulant is used by NASA to represent the lunar highlands area, and contains a complex mixture of glass, agglutinate, jagged particulates, synthetic minerals, and natural minerals from select terrestrial sources. While glass and crystal structures exist terrestrially, the agglutinate structure is not available on Earth.

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Tackling Sonic Boom

While aerospace engineers have made significant progress in their understanding of supersonic flight, one significant challenge remains: the loud sonic boom. NASA and its aviation partners have been researching ways to identify a loudness level that is acceptable to both the FAA and the public, and to reduce the noise created by supersonic aircraft. NASA has been exploring “low-boom” aircraft designs and other strategies that show promise for reducing sonic boom levels.

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Getting His Mojo

Paul Schwendinger, Program Manager at Honeywell (Golden Valley, MN), recently won the Stratasys 2013 3D Printer Sweep stakes. Paul won a Mojo 3D Print Pack and a $4,000 cash prize. He first used the machine and its software to create the Stratasys demo parts: a gear and 6-inch “Mojo Men” for his three sons to paint.

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Product of the Month

Mentor Graphics Corp., Wilsonville, OR, has introduced the first phase of a new systems design enterprise platform for printed circuit board (PCB) systems. The Xpedition™platform combines an intuitive design environment with designer-driven automation. The Xpedition PCB layout technology enables placement planning for performance and reuse; efficient routing of complex, dense topologies; and electromechanical optimization. The Sketch Router™ feature provides interactive control of the auto-assisted routing process. It enables user control over trace location, routing styles, and a selection of via patterns. A fully integrated environment uses the same selection, planning, and placement functionality for 2D and 3D. It reduces ECAD/MCAD iterations with photorealistic visualization using 3D parametric models of components and enclosures.

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CMOS Image Sensor

Truesense Imaging (Rochester, NY) has released a 6-megapixel CMOS image sensor targeted to applied imaging markets such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance. The KAC-06040 Image Sensor is a 1-inch optical format device that provides 10-bit full resolution output at up to 160 fps. Its platform provides both global and rolling shutter for versatile image capture. The platform also includes a flexible read-out architecture that supports programmable, multiple regions of interest, enabling full speed and interspersed video streams. The KAC-06040 Image Sensor is available in monochrome and Bayer color configurations.

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High-Speed Imaging System

The FASTCAM SA-Z imaging system from Photron (San Diego, CA) features 21,000 frames per second at megapixel resolution. The new SA-Z CMOS sensor provides over 2,000,000 frames per second (fps) at reduced resolution. The enhanced global electronic shutter operates from 1-millisecond (standard) down to 159 nanoseconds (export restrictions apply).

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