Products : Imaging
Modular Camera

Allied Vision Technologies, Newburyport, MA, offers the Stingray camera, based on a modular design and offering flexible configurations. The Stingray is equipped with a Firewire 1394b port for high-speed data transfer and optional optical fiber connection. The camera is ideal for the machine vision market, and AVT’s modular...

Products : Imaging
Display Driver

Matrox Graphics, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has released the PowerDesk-SE 2.04 display driver that enables a stretched Microsoft® Windows® desktop across up to eight displays. The driver features a joined graphics card mode, which enables two multi-display graphics cards to work in tandem in several Windows...

Products : Imaging
Image-Based ID Readers

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, offers new features for the DataManTM 100 image-based ID readers. New lens accessories provide magnification flexibility to optimize reading performance. A high-density lens kit allows flat-panel-display manufacturers and printed circuit board assemblers to read tiny codes with cell...

Products : Imaging
Ball Lenses

Deposition Sciences, Santa Rosa, CA, has released Iso-SphereTM Antireflection (AR) Coated Ball Lenses for fiber optics, telecom, and datacom applications. The ball lenses are an optical method for collimating the output of an optical fiber or laser diode and can be used in fiber-to-fiber, diode-to-fiber, and...

Products : Imaging
LED Panel-Mount Indicators

Dialight Corp., Farmingdale, NJ, has expanded its line of LED panel-mount indicators with the addition of the 612 and 616 series for front-panel mounting in 12-mm and 16-mm holes and panel thicknesses up to 6.3 mm. The RoHS-compliant indicators are designed for applications such as main/remote power indication, status...

Products : Imaging
Low-Angle Ring Light

The PresencePLUS® low-angle ring lights from Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, MN, connect to vision sensors or an external power supply to provide optimal illumination of an inspected part by enhancing the contrast of surface features. The low-angle ring lights can be used in applications such as illuminating stamped...

Products : Imaging
Infrared Camera System

FLIR Systems, North Billerica, MA, offers the ThermoVision® A320 Research infrared camera system. With the integrated ThermaCAM Researcher Software, the camera system provides a flexible solution for precision temperature measurement and real-time thermal analysis for research and development applications.

Products : Imaging
CCD Camera

The 16-megapixel GE4900 ultra-high-resolution CCD camera from Prosilica, Vancouver, BC, Canada, runs three frames per second at 4872 × 3248 pixel resolution over a GigE Vision-compliant Gigabit Ethernet interface. The industrial digital camera incorporates a Kodak KAI-16000 progressive scan CCD sensor with electronic global shutter...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Signal Processing System Supplied For NASA’s SCaN Program
VXS-based satellite communications development system
TEK Microsystems
Chelmsford, MA
978-244-9200
www.tekmicro.com

TEK Microsystems’ first VXS-based satellite communications development system has been ordered by NASA’s Glenn Research Center in...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Vibration Sensors Monitor Engine Health in Latest Space Shuttle Launch
Endevco Corp.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
949-493-8181
www.endevco.com

On August 8, 2007, three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne lifted the space shuttle Endeavor into orbit and on its way to the International...

Products
Dash 32HF

The Astro-Med Test & Measurement Product Group, West Warwick, RI, has introduced the Dash 32HF multi-channel, high-frequency data acquisition recorder. Engineered to capture high-frequency data and transient signals, the unit records up to 32 channels to an internal hard drive at sample rates up to 500 kHz, and a bandwidth of 100...

Who's Who
Phil Neudeck, Electronics Engineer, NASA's John Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center has developed a new silicon carbide differential amplifier integrated circuit chip that may provide benefits to anything requiring long-lasting electronic circuits in very hot...

Techs for License
Selective Elimination of Nitrogen Oxides from Exhaust Gases

The Environment Purification Materials team of AIST’s Synergy Materials Research Center (Japan) has successfully developed and tested significantly improved electrochemical reactors for the selective elimination of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in a range of industrial exhaust gases...

Techs for License
Chemical Analysis without Reagents

A portfolio of technologies applies mid-infrared spectroscopy to the analysis of fluids. Any fluid can be analyzed, including blood, serum, and other biological fluids. Tests are non-destructive. The techniques require no reagents or other chemicals, and thus there are no chemicals to store or dispose of. The...

Tech Needs
Sustainable Processes for Green Polymer Production

Technologies leading to sustainable and green production of polymers are sought. Candidate technologies should fit recently developed definitions for green chemistries. Chemistries that produce safe chemicals, that use safer solvents and auxiliaries, and/or that produce chemicals designed for...

NASA Tech Needs
Reflective Aerosol

This technology need is for an aerosol with properties that enable it to be easily launched using a pulsed jet fogger. It also must have reflectivity or other optical properties, and must be safe for human cutaneous and pulmonary contact. The aerosol should have optical properties that can be manipulated using laser light or...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Wireless Measurement of Contact and Motion Between Contact Surfaces

This method uses a magnetic-fieldresponse contact sensor that is designed to identify surface contact and motion between contact locations. The sensor has three components: (1) a capacitor-inductor circuit with two sets of electrical contact pads, (2) a capacitor with a set of...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Wireless Measurement of Rotation and Displacement Rate

A magnetic field response sensor is designed to measure displacement or rotation rate without a physical connection to a power source, microprocessor, data acquisition equipment, or electrical circuitry. The sensor works with the magnetic field response recorder, which was described in...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Portable Microleak-Detection System

The figure schematically depicts a portable microleak-detection system that has been built especially for use in testing hydrogen tanks made of polymer-matrix composite materials. (As used here, "microleak" signifies a leak that is too small to be detectable by the simple soap-bubble technique.) The system can...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Cryogenic Shrouds for Testing Thermal-Insulation Panels

Cryogenic shrouds have been designed and built for use in thermo- mechanical testing of samples of thermal- insulation panels on cryogenic vessels. In the original application for which these shrouds were specifically designed, the samples are representative of the large area thermal-...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Free-to-Roll Testing of Airplane Models in Wind Tunnels

A free-to-roll (FTR) test technique and test rig make it possible to evaluate both the transonic performance and the wing-drop/rock behavior of a high-strength airplane model in a single wind-tunnel entry. The free-to-roll test technique is a single degree-of-motion method in which the...

Briefs : Materials
Modeling Metamaterials Leads to Advance in Cloaking System Prototype

Modeling software is generally used to show the fields and flows that are impossible to see with the eye or instruments. A group of researchers has done just the opposite: They ran computer simulations that showed it should be possible to fabricate the metamaterials necessary...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Freeze Tape Casting of Functionally Graded Porous Ceramics

Freeze tape casting is a means of making preforms of ceramic sheets that, upon subsequent completion of fabrication processing, can have anisotropic and/or functionally graded properties that notably include aligned and graded porosity. Freeze tape casting was developed to enable...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electrophoretic Deposition on Porous Non-Conductors

A method of electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on substrates that are porous and electrically non-conductive has been invented. Heretofore, in order to perform an EPD, it has been necessary to either (1) use a substrate material that is inherently electrically conductive or (2) subject a...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Tachometers Derived From a Brushless DC Motor

The upper part of the figure illustrates the major functional blocks of a direction-sensitive analog tachometer circuit based on the use of an unexcited two-phase brushless dc motor as a rotation transducer. The primary advantages of this circuit over many older tachometer circuits include the...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Advanced Ultra-Thin Integrated Electronics on Membranes

A method of fabricating flexible assemblies comprising flexible integrated circuits bonded onto or into flexible membranes has been developed. The method provides for bonding of thinned (more specifically, thin enough to be flexible) integrated-circuit chips to the membranes and for...

Briefs : Software
Algorithm-Based Fault Tolerance for Numerical Subroutines

A software library implements a new methodology of detecting faults in numerical subroutines, thus enabling application programs that contain the subroutines to recover transparently from single-event upsets. The software library in question is fault-detecting middleware that is wrapped...

Briefs : Software
Computational Support for Technology- Investment Decisions

Strategic Assessment of Risk and Technology (START) is a user-friendly computer program that assists human managers in making decisions regarding research- and- development investment portfolios in the presence of uncertainties and of non- technological constraints that include budgetary...

Briefs : Software
DSN Resource Scheduling

TIGRAS is client-side software, which provides tracking-station equipment planning, allocation, and scheduling services to the DSMS (Deep Space Mission System). TIGRAS provides functions for schedulers to coordinate the DSN (Deep Space Network) antenna usage time and to resolve the resource usage conflicts among tracking...

Briefs : Software
Distributed Operations Planning

Maestro software provides a secure and distributed mission planning system for long-term missions in general, and the Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER) specifically. Maestro, the successor to the Science Activity Planner, has a heavy emphasis on portability and distributed operations, and requires no data...