Rockster is an algorithm that automatically identifies the locations and boundaries of rocks imaged by the rover hazard cameras (hazcams), navigation cameras (navcams), or panoramic cameras...

Briefs: Software
DSN Array Simulator

The DSN Array Simulator (wherein "DSN" signifies NASA's Deep Space Network) is an updated version of software previously denoted the DSN Receive Array Technology Assessment Simulation. This software (see figure) is used...

COCOMOST is a computer program for use in estimating software development costs. The goal in the development of COCOMOST was to increase estimation accuracy in three ways: (1)...

Visual target tracking (VTT) software has been incorporated into Release 9.2 of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) flight software, now running aboard the rovers Spirit and Opportunity. In...

“Parametric Studies” and “Data Table Plot View” are the names of software modules in the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP). Parametric Studies enables parameterization...

A computer program performs Monte Carlo direct numerical simulations for testing sparse permutation channel codes, which offer strong error-correction capabilities at high code...

Briefs: Software
SPICE Module for the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP)

A SPICE module for the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP) precisely represents complex motion and maneuvers in an interactive, 3D animated environment with support for user-defined quantitative outputs. (“SPICE” stands for Spacecraft, Planet, Instrument, Camera-matrix, and...

Mars Exploration Rover Enhanced Telemetry Extraction and Reporting System (METERS) is software that generates a human-readable representation of the state of the mobility and...

Robotic Operations Automation: Mechanisms, Imaging, Navigation report Generation (ROAMING) is a set of computer programs that facilitates and accelerates both tactical and strategic...

The National Virtual Observatory (NVO) Extensible Secure Scalable Service Infrastructure (NESSSI) is a Web service architecture and software framework (see figure) that enables...

The MRO OLVM wrapper script software allows Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) sequence and spacecraft engineers to rapidly simulate a spacecraft command product through a tool that simulates the...

Optimizing system resource utilization is a key design objective for system engineers in communications, electronics, and other industries. System...

Ethernet is currently the incumbent backplane technology across a wide range of storage, wireless, wireline, military, industrial, and other embedded applications as developers move away...

Articles: Electronics & Computers
Designing Software Radio Systems With FPGAs

Software defined radio technology has been widely adopted for new military and aerospace platforms, government signal intelligence and homeland security systems, and now more extensively in...

Acceptance of telecom industry standards for rack-mounted server equipment — in the form of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturer’s Group (PICMG)...

Products: Electronics & Computers
System-On-Module Standard

MEN Micro Inc. (Ambler, PA) has announced the ESMexpress® System-On-Module Standard, a new computing standard in development to be the ANSIVITA 59 (RSE Rugged System- On-Module Express) standard. In conjunction...

Products: Electronics & Computers
FPGA Mezzanine Card Module

VMETRO (Houston, TX) has released a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) module. The ADC510, available in air-cooled and conduction- cooled rugged versions, integrates two 12-bit 500MHz A/D chips for use in DSP...

Products: Electronics & Computers
MCU/iChip Evaluation Board

Connect One™ (San Jose, CA) offers a reference design and a corresponding evaluation board that bring together Microchip's PIC24FJ64GA006 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) for application control, and the CO2128...

Products: Electronics & Computers
1U MicroTCA Platform

The MTC5070 from Performance Technologies (Rochester, NY) is a highly integrated 1U MicroTCA™- compliant platform that can support up to six mid-size, single AdvancedMC™ (AMC) modules. The fully deployable...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Fiber Optic Bus Extension Systems

AIM-USA (St. Omaha, NE) has introduced the new FOMIS and FOL429 fiber optic bus extension systems. The FOMIS (Fiber Optic MILbus Stub Extension) product provides a highly modular and scalable system capable...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Ruggedized MicroTCA Chassis

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) has introduced a ruggedized ATR chassis for MicroTCA. The MicroTCA chassis is an ARINC 404A Full- Size ATR Long Enclosure, often used in commercial and military aviation. The...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Multi-core Industrial Servers

Kontron (Poway, CA) has released 2U and 4U KISS industrial servers that bring Intel® Core™2 Duo processor performance to PICMG 1.0 based PCI/ISA applications. The ultra quiet (<35 dB) industrial...

NASA has been developing large ultra-lightweight structures commonly referred to as Gossamer space structures for many years to reduce launch costs and to exploit the unique...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Nanophotonics Principles and Applications

The term “nanophotonics” is used to encompass the scientific study of the interaction of matter and light at the nanometer scale. It is possible to design nanometer scale devices to slow down,...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: LED Light Source

Carl Zeiss MicroImaging (Thornwood, NY) introduces the Colibri, a patented, high-performance light emitting diode (LED) light source for fluorescence microscopy. The narrow band LEDs replace...

Products: Photonics/Optics
UV Spectral Metal Coating

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) has released the UV Spectral Metal hybrid coating for ultraviolet (UV) curing and UV printing industries. The highly durable, advanced dichroic metal coating is used as the...

Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) introduces the LDTC 2/2 laser diode driver for integrated laser diode or LED modules that include temperature control, often utilized in medical diagnostic...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Picosecond Cold Processing Laser

The RAPID picosecond cold processing laser from RPMC (O’Fallon, MO) has up to 50W TEMoo average power and pulse repetition rates of up to 1MHz. The lasers are ideal for high quality industrial...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Diode Pumped Gain Module

Cutting Edge Optronics (St. Charles, MO) has expanded its line of high power diode pumped gain modules with the release of a Nd:YVO4 version of its RBA pump head. The pump module features a side pumped...

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