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Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia The NASA Langley Aeronautics Systems Analysis Branch (ASAB) is heavily involved in research studies to evaluate new and emerging concepts targeted at improving the National Airspace System (NAS). The primary tool used by ASAB to perform these studies is the Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES), a medium-fidelity, NAS-wide simulation environment.

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Modeling for Partitioned and Multicore Flight Software Systems

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California The current flight software approach is monolithic in nature. Every module has tentacles that reach deep within dozens of other software modules. Because of these interdependencies between modules, functionality is difficult to extract and reuse for other missions.

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ATLAS Collaborative Spacecraft and Mission Software Design Tool

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California This software conducts preliminary design studies for spacecraft missions. It supports a collaborative work environment that allows multiple engineers to work simultaneously on the same design. When designing a spacecraft or mission, it is important that each engineer has concurrent data information to ensure consistency in the overall design. However, the complex nature of different subsystems poses a unique problem, because certain inputs require outputs from different subsystems, and all data must be current in order to reach a systematic solution. With ATLAS, when a design is adjusted based on analysis results, new design parameters can be seen by all other clients. Various existing commercial software tools perform similar functions, but none are known to be specifically tailored toward collaborative design of spacecraft missions. ATLAS provides analysis tools with a shared data environment supporting shared work.

Posted in: Briefs, Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

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CryoSim

John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida In the context of systems health management, simulations serve many uses. For one, the underlying physical models can be used by model-based health management tools to develop diagnostic and prognostic models. These simulations should incorporate both nominal and faulty behavior with the ability to inject various faults into the system. Such simulations can therefore be used for operator training, as well as for developing and prototyping health management algorithms.

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Building Blocks for the Rapid Development of Parallel Simulations

Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland Scientists need to be able to quickly develop and run parallel simulations without writing low-level message passing codes using compiled languages such as C/C++/Fortran. Traditionally, high-level languages that support rapid development, such as MATLAB, IDL, Mathematica, and Python, have not addressed parallel computing needs. Other parallel tools for high-level languages are very early in the development process and not mature, are very expensive and not open source, are typically limited to one or two models of parallel computing, do not allow collaborative parallel computing, have not fully addressed error handling, and are not asynchronous in nature.

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Automated Multibody Response (AMBER)

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas AMBER is an automated tool for performing transient loads analysis of structural systems composed of one or more flexible bodies. Each body is initially supplied in Craig-Bampton form. Two basic solution approaches are available: traditional system assembly and multibody. The traditional approach is better suited for linear systems or for comparison to legacy analysis; the multibody approach is better suited for systems having gap or friction nonlinearities at the body-to-body interfaces, or for non-traditional damping.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers

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Large Computer-Generated Hologram with Software-Generated Calibration Wavefront Map

This type of testing aspheric surfaces provides better imaging, lower mapping distortion, and much higher-quality substrates. Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama This technology enables accurate calibration of a large Computer Generated Hologram (CGH) fabricated without great accuracy, such that the CGH still measures an aspheric surface to an excellent accuracy of a couple of nm rms. The goal is the creation of software for generating a calibration map, and the fabrication of a couple of 9-in. (≈22.5-cm)-diameter CGHs to experimentally verify the technology. Use of CGHs in testing aspheric surfaces provides many advantages, such as better imaging, lower mapping distortion, and much higher-quality substrates.

Posted in: Briefs, Optics, Electronics & Computers

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