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Godspeed Atlantis

Earlier this week the space shuttle Atlantis took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on the fifth – and what is said to be final – repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Launched in April 1990, Hubble has produced some spectacular images over the years, greatly expanding our knowledge of the universe well beyond...

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Traveling at Warp Speed

Star Trek aficionados will once again get to see their beloved Starship Enterprise traveling at warp speed – the speed of light - when the latest Star Trek movie opens in theatres today. While 'warp speed' has long been associated with the long-running science fiction entertainment series, the concept remains a pipe...

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Solving the Mystery of Tornadoes

Tornadoes are fast-moving but deadly events, able to carve out a wide path of destruction in just seconds. Now, scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and other organizations hope to get a better handle on how and why tornadoes form, by launching what is reportedly the largest and most...

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Mechatronic System Integration and Design

While today’s multi-discipline mechatronic systems significantly outperform legacy systems, they are also much more complex by nature, requiring close cooperation between multiple design...

Fine-grained alumina ceramic charge detector
Insaco
Quakertown, PA
215-536-3500
www.insaco.com

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory was launched into...

Voice-over-IP communications system
Quintron
Santa Maria, CA
805-928-4343
www.quintron.com

Quintron was selected by NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC)...

John C. Stennis Space Center provides rocket engine propulsion testing for the NASA space programs. Since the development of the Space Shuttle, every Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) has gone...

As a career engineer, the need to coordinate large-scale design activity and all of the associated information has presented an ongoing challenge. In my opinion, one of the most exciting...

Nicholas Johnson is Chief Scientist and Program Manager for NASA’s Orbital Debris Program Office. In July 2008 he...

Autodesk, San Rafael, CA, has introduced the latest releases of its 2D and 3D design and engineering software for manufacturers. The 2010 products include Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and...

Techs for License
Single-Motion Extension Mechanism for Poles

Originally developed and marketed as an extension pole for painting, light bulb changing, and similar operations, the single-motion extension principle in this technology is adaptable to any rod or pole that must be extended and retracted to a compact length. It applies to extendable antennae; tent...

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Modular Electronic Air Sterilization Technology for Airborne Bacteria, Molds, and Viruses

This technology sterilizes air, eliminating odors, preventing infections, and extending the shelf life of food. The scalable system results in 100% removal of microorganisms with one passthrough of air. The technology has optimized UV exposure with a...

Tech Needs
3D and/or Flock Printing Technology

A company seeks a printing capability and/or technology that creates a physical 3D texture that is tactile and soft (but not rubbery) in nature onto a flat or curved plastic surface made of polyethylene, polypropylene, or polyester material. This 3D printing enhances the product experience for the consumer by...

Tech Needs
High-Temperature Brine Viscosifier

A company seeks to increase the viscosity of brine solutions containing both mono and multivalent salts. Targeted brines may contain up to 80% weight of salt. Viscosity must stay the same up to 150°C. The thickened brine should have a yield value of the order of 1Pa (or higher) and a shear thinning behavior....

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Valve-“Health”-Monitoring System

A system that includes sensors and data-acquisition, wireless data- communication, and data-processing subsystems has been developed as a means of both real-time and historical tracking of information...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Aerobot Autonomy Architecture

An architecture for autonomous operation of an aerobot (i.e., a robotic blimp) to be used in scientific exploration of planets and moons in the Solar system with an atmosphere (such as Titan and Venus) is...

This compact, lightweight, dual- frequency antenna feed developed for future soil moisture and sea surface salinity (SSS) missions can benefit future soil and...

Briefs: Information Technology
Wireless Avionics Packet To Support Fault Tolerance for Flight Applications

In this protocol and packet format, data traffic is monitored by all network interfaces to determine the health of transmitter and subsystems. When failures are detected, the network interface applies its recovery policies to provide continued service despite the...

Briefs: Medical
Biomedical Wireless Ambulatory Crew Monitor

A compact, ambulatory biometric data acquisition system has been developed for space and commercial terrestrial use. BioWATCH (Bio medical Wireless and Ambulatory Telemetry for Crew Health) acquires signals from bio-medical sensors using acquisition modules attached to a common data and power bus....

The term “submillimeter confocal imaging active module” (SCIAM) denotes a proposed airborne coherent imaging radar system that would be suitable for use in reconnaissance, surveillance, and...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Traveling-Wave Maser for 32 GHz

The figure depicts a traveling-wave ruby maser that has been designed (though not yet implemented in hardware) to serve as a low-noise amplifier for reception of weak radio signals in the frequency band of...

A system of electronic hardware and software for synchronizing recordings from multiple, physically separated video cameras is being developed, primarily for use in multiple-look-...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Piecewise-Planar Parabolic Reflectarray Antenna

The figure shows a dual-beam, dual- polarization Ku-band antenna, the reflector of which comprises an assembly of small reflectarrays arranged in a piecewise-planar approximation of a parabolic...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Reducing Interference in ATC Voice Communication

Three methods have been proposed to be developed to enable reduction of the types of interference that often occur among voice-communication radio signals involved in air-traffic control (ATC). For historical reasons and for compatibility with some navigation systems, control towers and aircraft...

Briefs: Information Technology
EOS MLS Level 1B Data Processing, Version 2.2

A computer program performs level- 1B processing (the term “1B” is explained below) of data from observations of the limb of the Earth by the Earth Observing System (EOS) Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS), which is an instrument aboard the Aura spacecraft. This software accepts, as input, the raw EOS...

Briefs: Software
Auto-Generated Semantic Processing Services

Auto-Generated Semantic Processing (AGSP) Services is a suite of software tools for automated generation of other computer programs, denoted cross-platform semantic adapters, that support interoperability of computer-based communication systems that utilize a variety of both new and legacy...

Briefs: Software
Geospatial Authentication

A software package that has been designed to allow authentication for determining if the rover(s) is/are within a set of boundaries or a specific area to access critical geospatial information by using GPS signal structures as a means to authenticate mobile devices into a network wirelessly and in real-time has been...

Briefs: Software
Maneuver Automation Software

The Maneuver Automation Software (MAS) automates the process of generating commands for maneuvers to keep the spacecraft of the Cassini-Huygens mission on a predetermined prime mission trajectory. Before MAS became available, a team of approximately 10 members had to work about two weeks to design, test, and...

Briefs: Software
Event Driven Messaging With Role-Based Subscriptions

Event Driven Messaging with Role-Based Subscriptions (EDM-RBS) is a framework integrated into the Service Management Database (SMDB) to allow for role-based and subscription-based delivery of synchronous and asynchronous messages over JMS (Java Messaging Service), SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer...

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