December 2009

News : Energy
Microphotovoltaic Cells Open New Doors

Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that are expected to be less expensive and have greater efficiencies than current photovoltaic collectors pieced together with 6-inch-square solar wafers.

News : Energy
Recovering Raw Materials for Green Technologies

Engineering researchers from the University of Leeds have discovered how to recover significant quantities of rare-earth oxides, present in titanium dioxide minerals. Rare-earth oxides are useful in many applications, such as the manufacture of wind turbines, energy-efficient lighting, and hybrid...

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
A Backyard Science Approach to Environmental Monitoring

Jessica Lundquist - a University of Washington assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering - uses dime-sized temperature sensors, which were first developed for the refrigerated food industry, and tennis balls to study mountain precipitation.

Products : Energy
High Heat Pumping Thermoelectric Device

Nextreme Thermal Solutions (Durham, NC) introduces an updated version of the OptoCooler HV14 that enables assembly temperatures as high as 320°C. The RoHS-compliant OptoCooler HV14 module is a high heat pumping thermoelectric device designed for standard electrical power requirements.

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen has had an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur. He founded Sensors Unlimited, a near-infrared camera manufacturer, and EPITAXX, a fiber-optic detector manufacturer. But he is perhaps best-known as the third private citizen to orbit the Earth on the International Space Station in...

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Bacteria Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which has great potential as a gasoline alternative. The reaction is powered directly by energy from...

Products : Green Design & Manufacturing
User-Friendly Forest-Monitoring Technology

Forest-monitoring technology developed by scientists at Carnegie Institute’s Department of Global Ecology combines free satellite imagery and powerful analytical methods into an easy-to-use, desktop software package called CLASlite. The team announced its new web site for CLASlite users today, at the...

News : Transportation
Batteries Made From Ordinary Paper

Using nanotechnology, Stanford scientists are producing ultra-lightweight, bendable batteries and supercapacitors in the form of everyday paper. Coating a sheet of paper with ink made of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires makes a highly conductive storage device.

News : Energy
New Nano-Material Could Revolutionize Solar Panels and Batteries

Tel Aviv University researchers have found a novel way to control the atoms and molecules of peptides so that they "grow" to resemble small forests of grass. These "peptide forests" repel dust and water — a perfect self-cleaning coating for windows or solar panels which, when...

News : Energy
Next-Generation, Tandem Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Breakthrough

Scientists at Australia's Monash University, with colleagues from the universities of Wollongong and Ulm in Germany, have produced tandem dye-sensitized solar cells with a three-fold increase in energy conversion efficiency compared with previously reported tandem dye-sensitized...

News : Energy
Energy-Efficiency Tool for Semiconductor Manufacturing Facilities

Scientists at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in cooperation with the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI), are releasing for beta testing a computer-based tool to help semiconductor manufacturing facilities (“fabs”) evaluate and improve their...

News : Transportation
First Night Flight Using Solar Energy On the Horizon

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA - the first airplane designed to fly day and night without fuel - left the ground yesterday for the first time. Recent results from ground tests had verified the prototype's controllability, acceleration, braking paths, and engine power.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
A Designer's Carbon Calculator

Rocky Mountain Institute has released Green Footstep - a free online tool for architects, engineers, and developers, which reveals design targets to achieve carbon neutrality in building construction and retrofit projects.

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Detecting Phase Boundaries in Hard-Sphere Suspensions

A special image-data-processing technique has been developed for use in experiments that involve observation, via optical microscopes equipped with electronic cameras, of moving boundaries between the colloidal-solid and colloidal-liquid phases of colloidal suspensions of monodisperse hard...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
A Deep Space Network Portable Radio Science Receiver

The Radio Science Receiver (RSR) is an open-loop receiver installed in NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), which digitally filters and records intermediate-frequency (IF) analog signals. The RSR is an important tool for the Cassini Project, which uses it to measure perturbations of the...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Using GPS to Detect Imminent Tsunamis

A promising method of detecting imminent tsunamis and estimating their destructive potential involves the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) data in addition to seismic data. Application of the method is expected to increase the reliability of global tsunami-warning systems, making it possible to save...

Briefs : Information Technology
Stream Flow Prediction by Remote Sensing and Genetic Programming

A genetic programming (GP)-based, nonlinear modeling structure relates soil moisture with synthetic-apertureradar (SAR) images to present representative soil moisture estimates at the watershed scale. Surface soil moisture measurement is difficult to obtain over a large area due to...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Very-Long-Distance Remote Hearing and Vibrometry

A proposed development of laserbased instrumentation systems would extend the art of laser Doppler vibrometry beyond the prior limits of laserassisted remote hearing and industrial vibrometry for detecting defects in operating mechanisms. A system according to the proposal could covertly measure...

Briefs : Information Technology
Low-Complexity Lossless and Near-Lossless Data Compression Technique for Multispectral Imagery

This work extends the lossless data compression technique described in “Fast Lossless Compression of Multispectral-Image Data,” (NPO- 42517) NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 30, No. 8 (August 2006), page 26. The original technique was extended to include a...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Reconfigurable, Bi-Directional Flexfet Level Shifter for Low- Power, Rad-Hard Integration

Two prototype Reconfigurable, Bidirectional Flexfet Level Shifters (ReBiLS) have been developed, where one version is a stand-alone component designed to interface between external low voltage and high voltage, and the other version is an embedded...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Compact, Miniature MMIC Receiver Modules for an MMIC Array Spectrograph

A single-pixel prototype of a W-band detector module with a digital backend was developed to serve as a building block for large focal-plane arrays of monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit (MMIC) detectors. The module uses low-noise amplifiers, diode-based mixers,...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Magnetic-Field-Tunable Superconducting Rectifier

Superconducting electronic components have been developed that provide current rectification that is tunable by design and with an externally applied magnetic field to the circuit component. The superconducting material used in the device is relatively free of pinning sites with its critical...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Waveguide Transition for Submillimeter-Wave MMICs

An integrated waveguide-to-MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) chip operating in the 300-GHz range is designed to operate well on highpermittivity semiconductor substrates typical for an MMIC amplifier, and allows a wider MMIC substrate to be used, enabling integration with larger...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Pilotless Frame Synchronization Using LDPC Code Constraints

A method of pilotless frame synchronization has been devised for low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes. Heretofore, it has been conventional practice to add pilot symbols, which serve as frame-synchronization markers, to LDPC codes as well as to some other codes. The reception of a...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Modulation Based on Probability Density Functions

A proposed method of modulating a sinusoidal carrier signal to convey digital information involves the use of histograms representing probability density functions (PDFs) that characterize samples of the signal waveform. Although almost any modulation can be characterized as amplitude, phase, or...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Photonic Links for High-Performance Arraying of Antennas

An architecture for arraying microwave antennas in the next generation of NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN) involves the use of all photonic links between (1) the antennas in a given array and (2) a signal processing center. As used here, “arraying” refers generally to any or all of...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Video System for Viewing From a Remote or Windowless Cockpit

A system of electronic hardware and software synthesizes, in nearly real time, an image of a portion of a scene surveyed by as many as eight video cameras aimed, in different directions, at portions of the scene. This is a prototype of systems that would enable a pilot to view the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Hardware-Efficient Monitoring of I/O Signals

In this invention, command and monitor functionality is moved between the two independent pieces of hardware, in which one had been dedicated to command and the other had been dedicated to monitor, such that some command and some monitor functionality appears in each. The only constraint is that the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Spacesuit Data Display and Management System

A prototype embedded avionics system has been designed for the next generation of NASA extra-vehicular-activity (EVA) spacesuits. The system performs biomedical and other sensor monitoring, image capture, data display, and data transmission. An existing NASA Phase I and II award winning design for an...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
IEEE 1394 Hub With Fault Containment

This innovation is designed to prevent a single end system communication node from negatively influencing the whole system’s behavior so that the network system can still operate if an end node is faulty. Placing a hub (star) in the middle of the system prevents propagation of critical control information...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ku Telemetry Modulator for Suborbital

A modulator utilizing the Ku-band instead of the usual S-band has been developed to improve transmission rates for suborbital platforms. The unit operates in the 14.5–15.5-GHz band and supports data rates up to 200 Mbps.

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Radiometer on a Chip

Submillimeter-wave radiometers have traditionally been built by packaging each chip with a distinct function separately, and then combining the packaged chips to form subsystems. Instead of packaging one chip at a time, the radiometer on a chip (ROC) integrates whole wafers together to provide a robust, extremely powerful...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Measuring Luminescence Lifetime With Help of a DSP

An instrument for measuring the lifetime of luminescence (fluorescence or phosphorescence) includes a digital signal processor (DSP) as the primary means of control, generation of excitation signals, and analysis of response signals. In contrast, prior luminescencelifetime- measuring instruments...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Bonded Invar Clip Removal Using Foil Heaters

A new process uses local heating and temperature monitoring to soften the adhesive under Invar clips enough that they can be removed without damaging the composite underneath or other nearby bonds. Two 1×1 in. (≈2.5×2.5 cm), 10-W/in.2 (≈1.6-W/cm2), 80-ohm resistive foil Kapton foil...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Gratings Fabricated on Flat Surfaces and Reproduced on Non-Flat Substrates

A method has been developed for fabricating gratings on flat substrates, and then reproducing the groove pattern on a curved (concave or convex) substrate and a corresponding grating device. First, surface relief diffraction grating grooves are formed on flat substrates....

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fabricating Radial Groove Gratings Using Projection Photolithography

Projection photolithography has been used as a fabrication method for radial grove gratings. Use of photolithographic method for diffraction grating fabrication represents the most significant breakthrough in grating technology in the last 60 years, since the introduction of...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Method for Measuring the Volume-Scattering Function of Water

The volume scattering function (VSF) of seawater affects visibility, remote sensing properties, in-water light propagation, lidar performance, and the like. Currently, it’s possible to measure only small forward angles of VSF, or to use cumbersome, large, and non-auton - omous...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Method of Heating a Foam-Based Catalyst Bed

A method of heating a foam-based catalyst bed has been developed using silicon carbide as the catalyst support due to its readily accessible, high surface area that is oxidation-resistant and is electrically conductive. The foam support may be resistively heated by passing an electric current through...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Small Deflection Energy Analyzer for Energy and Angular Distributions

The development of the Small Deflection Energy Analyzer (SDEA) charged-particle spectrometer for energy and angle distributions responds to a longstanding need to measure the wind velocity vector in Earth’s thermosphere, and to obtain the ion-drift vector in the ionosphere....

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Polymeric Bladder for Storing Liquid Oxygen

A proposed system for storing oxygen in liquid form and dispensing it in gaseous form is based on (1) initial subcooling of the liquid oxygen; (2) containing the liquid oxygen in a flexible vessel; (3) applying a gas spring to the flexible vessel to keep the oxygen compressed above the saturation...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Pyrotechnic Simulator/Stray-Voltage Detector

The concept for a dual test item has been developed for use in simulating live initiators/detonators during ground testing to verify the proper operation of the safing and firing circuitry for ground and flight systems ordnance as well as continuous monitoring for any stray voltages. Previous ordnance...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Inventions Utilizing Microfluidics and Colloidal Particles

Several related inventions pertain to families of devices that utilize microfluidics and/or colloidal particles to obtain useful physical effects. The families of devices can be summarized as follows:

Briefs : Physical Sciences
RuO₂ Thermometer for Ultra-Low Temperatures

A small, high-resolution, low-power thermometer has been developed for use in ultra-low temperatures that uses multiple RuO₂ chip resistors. The use of commercially available thick-film RuO₂ chip resistors for measuring cryogenic temperatures is well known due to their low cost, long-term...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Ultra-Compact, High-Resolution LADAR System for 3D Imaging

An eye-safe LADAR system weighs under 500 grams and has range resolution of 1 mm at 10 m. This laser uses an adjustable, tiny microelectromechanical system (MEMS) mirror that was made in SiWave to sweep laser frequency. The size of the laser device is small (70×50×13 mm). The LADAR...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Dual-Channel Multi-Purpose Telescope

A dual-channel telescope allows for a wide-field telescope design with a good, narrow field channel of fewer surfaces for shorter-wavelength or planet-finding applications. The design starts with a Korsch three-mirror-anastigmat (TMA) telescope that meets the mission criteria for image quality over a wide...

Briefs : Information Technology
Algorithm for Computing Particle/Surface Interactions

An algorithm has been devised for predicting the behaviors of sparsely spatially distributed particles impinging on a solid surface in a rarefied atmosphere. Under the stated conditions, prior particle-transport models in which (1) dense distributions of particles are treated as continuum...

Briefs : Information Technology
Safety and Quality Training Simulator

A portable system of electromechanical and electronic hardware and documentation has been developed as an automated means of instructing technicians in matters of safety and quality. The system enables elimination of most of the administrative tasks associated with traditional training. Customized,...

Briefs : Information Technology
Rover Slip Validation and Prediction Algorithm

A physical-based simulation has been developed for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission that applies a slope-induced wheel-slippage to the rover location estimator. Using the digital elevation map from the stereo images, the computational method resolves the quasi-dynamic equations of motion...

Briefs : Information Technology
Supply-Chain Optimization Template

The Supply-Chain Optimization Tem - plate (SCOT) is an instructional guide for identifying, evaluating, and optimizing (including re-engineering) aerospace-oriented supply chains. The SCOT was derived from the Supply Chain Council’s Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCC SCOR) Model, which is more generic and...

Briefs : Information Technology
Quickly Approximating the Distance Between Two Objects

A method of quickly approximating the distance between two objects (one smaller, regarded as a point; the other larger and complexly shaped) has been devised for use in computationally simulating motions of the objects for the purpose of planning the motions to prevent collisions. The method...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Cryogenic Pupil Alignment Test Architecture for Aberrated Pupil Images

A document describes cryogenic test architecture for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) integrated science instrument module (ISIM). The ISIM element primarily consists of a mechanical metering structure, three science instruments, and a fine guidance sensor. One of the...

Briefs : Information Technology
Thermal Transport Model for Heat Sink Design

A document discusses the development of a finite element model for describing thermal transport through microcalorimeter arrays in order to assist in heat-sinking design. A fabricated multiabsorber transition edge sensor (PoST) was designed in order to reduce device wiring density by a factor of four.

Articles : Communications
Wireless Solutions Improve Communications and Productivity in Manufacturing Facilities

While automotive, aerospace, and high-tech equipment manufacturers are early adopters of wireless networks, the overall manufacturing industry has been slow in adoption.

Application Briefs : Software
Software Aids Design of Ares V Composite Shroud Structure

NASA’s Ares V space launch vehicle makes significant use of composites, and during flight, the shroud of the Ares V will separate into four petals to release the Lunar Lander. In the design of the structure, the aerodynamic pressure on the shroud is resolved into internally distributed...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Battery Will Provide Backup Power for Space Shuttles

International Battery is building a battery prototype for NASA that will provide backup power in support of the space shuttle program. NASA is interested in the company’s largeformat, high-energy-density prismatic cells that provide advanced energy storage, as well as their Battery...

NASA Tech Needs
Smart and Intelligent Sensors

Rocket engine testing is the primary mission for Stennis Space Center. Test stand facilities include the B-1/B-2 complex built for the Apollo Program, which is now used to test the RS-68 engine. A number of smaller test stands are available for testing components and lower thrust rocket engines. A-3 is a new test...

Infrared Zoom Moves Toward the Mainstream

For many years, infrared vision was limited to government and laboratory applications, but the picture is rapidly changing. With the cost of thermal cameras decreasing, military, aerospace, and scientific applications have expanded and the world of infrared has exploded with innovative new uses for law...

ASDX Series of silicon pressure sensors

Honeywell Sensing and Control, Minneapolis, MN, has introduced the ASDX Series of silicon pressure sensors with pressure ranges of 15, 30, and 100 psi.

Products : Lighting
Reflective Switch Employed in Wind Turbines for RPM Sensing

The OPB732 Series long distance infrared reflective switch from TT electronics OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) has been employed in a 6kW wind turbine for RPM sensing. Placed at the turbine rotor, the switch is used internally to sense RPMs, and that data is then transmitted to a...

Who's Who
Starr Ginn, Deputy Branch Chief, Engineering Directorate, Aerostructures Branch, Dryden Flight Research Center

Starr Ginn decided she wanted to work for NASA after interning in their Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) following her junior year in high school. She is currently the Deputy Branch Chief of the engineering...

Starr Ginn, Deputy Branch Chief, Engineering Directorate, Aerostructures Branch, Dryden Space Flight Center

Starr Ginn decided she wanted to work for NASA after interning in their Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) following her junior year in high school. She is currently the Deputy Branch Chief of the engineering...

Techs for License
Ruggedized Micro Spectrometer Module

Mutoh America Inc.

Developed originally for color-matching inks on digital printers, Mutoh’s spectrometer modules offer a plug-in solution that carries its own ADC, MCU, and memory onboard. These devices employ an optical system different from most other spectrometers sold today: Mutoh’s...

Techs for License
Super Bulk Production of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Japan Industrial Technology Association

Highly pure, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are mass-produced in bulk forms such as vertically aligned “forests” through a process called Super CVD, a supercharged chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. Structures of carbon...

NASA Tech Needs
Low-Friction Surface for Ready-to-Use Catheter

A company seeks a low-friction surface for ready-to-use intermittent catheters for both men and women, with the goal of achieving insertion and retraction without causing any trauma or perception of trauma. The low-friction surface must operate during insertion, while the catheter is in place, and...

NASA Tech Needs
One-Handed Ergonomic Approach to Pliers/Cutters

A company seeks a new generation of precise, ergonomic pliers that virtually eliminates the effort that causes hand fatigue. Ideally, it would require the exertion of zero force to cut through Romex, strapping, or staples. The tool must provide one-handed operation and conform to a variety of grips...

Articles : Imaging
Greg Olsen on Imaging, Space Science, and the Future of Engineering

Dr. Greg Olsen has had an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur. With degrees in physics and materials science, Olsen founded EPITAXX, a fiber-optic detector manufacturer, in 1984, and then founded Sensors Unlimited Inc. (SUI), a near-infrared camera...

Application Briefs : Materials
High-Speed Vision Inspection for Sheet-Based Electronics Materials

Process Photonics (Ottawa, ON, Canada) builds processing systems for the PCB, electronics assembly, and medical device markets. Their ProVisionTM series is a solution that uses vision to inspect panel and sheet-based circuit features. The system concept was devised after a...

Briefs : Information Technology
Adaptive Morphological Feature-Based Object Classifier for a Color Imaging System

Utilizing a Compact Color Microscope Imaging System (CCMIS), a unique algorithm has been developed that combines human intelligence along with machine vision techniques to produce an autonomous microscope tool for biomedical, industrial, and space applications....

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Objective Lens Optimized for Wavefront Delivery, Pupil Imaging, and Pupil Ghosting

An interferometer objective lens (or diverger) may be used to transform a collimated beam into a diverging or converging beam. A typical objective lens is optimized to deliver a diffraction-limited beam to an optic or optical system under test. Often, imaging...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
CMOS Camera Array With Onboard Memory

A compact CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) camera system has been developed with high resolution (1.3 Megapixels), a USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 interface, and an onboard memory. A compact design of a 2×4 in. (≈5×10 cm) multilayer PCB (printed circuit board) was designed that contains...

Articles : Motion Control
Tips On Selecting Custom Gearmotors

A custom gearmotor is one that meets your particular specifications. It has the correct mechanical and electrical interfaces, fits within the envelope available, meets your performance, maintenance, lifetime, and aftermarket criteria, and fits within your budget.

Articles : Motion Control
Intelligent Motor Control ICs Simplify System Design

A new category of IC called an intelligent motor controller (IMC) is evolving that simplifies the task of designing high performance motor control drives. IMCs are dedicated, highspeed ICs that control multi-phase motors such as brushless DC and AC induction motors, and provide sophisticated...

Application Briefs : Software
Matrox Vision Software Aids Robotic Inspection of Turbines

Turbines housed in aircraft engines are subject to pretty tough conditions. They must perform at speeds of 30,000rpm in temperatures greater than 800 °C for hours at a time.

Application Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Siemens Processor Helps KUKA Boost Robot Productivity

KUKA Flexible Production Systems is a leading producer of production systems for car bodies and chassis. When KUKA decided to become a Tier I supplier of automobile bodies to Chrysler, they needed to use their extensive knowledge of body shops and find a partner willing to work with them to...

Stepper Motor and Driver/Controller

The CRK Series five-phase stepping motors and drivers/controllers from Oriental Motor USA Corp. (Torrance, CA) have a built-in RS-485 controller package that controls up to 16 axes of motion. Five network communications rates of up to 115,000 bps can be selected. The controller can be operated in either direct...

Brushless DC Motor

The EC 25 brushless dc motor from Maxon Motor USA Inc. (Fall River, MA) is designed for high speed applications of up to 70,000 rpm. It incorporates preloaded ball bearings and a two-pole Neodymium permanent magnet.

Stepper Motor with Chopper Drive

The MotoDrive™ PDE captive linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) comes with an integrated chopper drive to form a compact, precision motor control system. It produces an output force of 220 Newtons (50 lb) for the single-stack version and 350 N (78 lb) for the double-stack...

Rotary Encoder

The RVS58S incremental rotary encoder from Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) is designed for safety aligned systems up to SIL3 in accordance with IEC 61508, and Category 4 in accordance with DIN EN 954-1. It is also suited for use as a motor feedback system for safe drives in accordance with IEC 61800-5-2.

Brushless AC Motor

The DynaMotor™ from DynaMotors (Dayton, OH) is a patented high performance brushless AC motor providing integrated control of speed, torque and direction. With innovative new solid-state light technology and high torque motor design, the DynaMotor delivers accurate control while offering advantages not possible with...

High-Voltage Amplifier

The Model PZD700A high-voltage power amplifier from Trek Inc. (Medina, NY) addresses the need for high speed and fast settling when driving capacitive loads in piezoelectric driving/control, electro-optics, MEMS and other demanding applications such as laser modulation and ion beam control.


The series 2237 DC micromotor from MicroMo Electronics (Clearwater, FL) measures 37 mm long by 22 mm in diameter. It utilizes the Faulhaber MCDC 3006 motion controller or SC 2804 speed controller. Continuous torque rating is 11 mNm. Accessories incorporating matching-diameter gearing and three-channel encoders are available.

Stepper Drives

The Series STM from Omega Engineering Inc. (Stamford, CT) is a drive+motor+control unit, fusing step motor, drive, and controller technologies into a single device that saves space, wiring, and cost over conventional motor and drive solutions. The S models offer control options such as step and direction, analog input, joystick...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Processing Images of Craters for Spacecraft Navigation

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

A crater-detection algorithm has been conceived to enable automation of what, heretofore, have been manual processes for utilizing images of craters on a celestial body as landmarks for navigating a spacecraft flying near or...

Products : Imaging
Industrial Videoscopes

Olympus NDT, Waltham, MA, offers the IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes for a range of remote visual inspections of parts or structures where access is limited. The scopes weigh 2.7 kg, including the battery, and feature an LCD monitor built into a main operating unit that measures 64 mm wide. The monitor uses a...

Products : Imaging
CMOS Camera

Photron, San Diego, CA, offers the Fastcam SA4 high-speed CMOS sensor that provides 3,600 frames per second operation at 1024 × 1024 pixel resolution. The camera offers frame rates at up to 500,000 frames per second at reduced resolution. It is designed for applications in which extreme light sensitivity, high dynamic range, and...

Products : Imaging
Smart Camera System

DALSA, Billerica, MA, has introduced the BOA vision system, an integrated smart camera that comprises the elements of an industrial machine vision system, and incorporates multiple processing engines. This enables algorithm optimization via DSP, application management via CPU, and sensor management via FPGA. Embedded...

Products : Imaging
Polarization Camera

The FD-1665P camera system from FluxData, Rochester, NY, collects video at three linear polarization orientations simultaneously. The simultaneous registered video is captured from three sensors, and the optical system is based on the FD-1665 three-CCD camera system that can be configured with user-specified filters in front...

Products : Imaging
Vision-Based Sensors

Sharpshooter vision-based sensors from Balluff, Florence, KY, offer 360° part rotation recognition. All configured inspections are compensated for the parts rotation, minimizing the need to tightly fixture parts. Output logic functionality provides the ability to link any tool or combination of tools to any output. The...

Products : Imaging
Vision Sensors

IDEC Corp. USA, Sunnyvale, CA, offers Datasensor SVS Series smart vision sensors for machine vision applications. They feature a frame rate of 60 frames per second, Ethernet communication, a teach button, 640 × 480 pixel resolution, and nine inspection tools that include pattern match, positioning verification, edge count,...

Products : Imaging
Remote-Head Camera

The CMOS IK-HR1H miniature remote camera head from Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, can be configured with either of two camera control units (CCUs), the IK-HR1CD and the IK-HR1CS. The lightweight remote camera head is approximately 1.18 × 1.37 × 1.41" and weighs 1.76 ounces without the lens. The 1/3" CMOS...

Products : Imaging
Operator Console Recorder

Longwatch, Norwood, MA, has introduced the Operator’s Console Recorder, a software module that automatically records images being shown on multiple HMI or SCADA operator’s displays. The module takes signals directly from each HMI screen’s video software driver, so it records the actual video being sent to the HMI....

Products : Imaging
Imaging Software

NorPix, Montreal, Canada, has released StreamPix4 software to view, control, and acquire images from single or multiple cameras simultaneously in the same interface. The interface provides a management console for cameras, simplifying setup, control, and acquisition from any number or type of cameras, both locally and remotely...

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