Briefs: Software
Framework Software Library Version 1.0

Within the space community, there is a need to exchange a wide variety of data between partner organizations. The Framework software library can be used to exchange any type of data between partners. It provides these core capabilities:

Briefs: Information Technology
Crisis Mapping Toolkit (CMT) V1

The increasing availability of accessible geospatial data with a turnaround time of days or hours provides unique opportunities for responders to better plan responses to crises, and to inform victims, friends, and relatives of local crisis conditions. However, this raw data is not readily interpretable by the...

Briefs: Software
Real-Bogus Machine Learning Systems at the Intermediate Palomar Transient Factory

The intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF) is a wide-field sky survey of the optical transient sky (e.g., supernovae, variable stars) that uses image subtraction for the discovery of astronomical transients. Astronomical transients, such as supernovae, are...

Briefs: Information Technology
Scalable Gaussian Process Regression

Block GP is a Gaussian Process regression framework for multimodal data that can be an order of magnitude more scalable than existing state-of-the-art nonlinear regression algorithms. The framework builds local Gaussian Processes on semantically meaningful partitions of the data and provides higher prediction...

Briefs: Information Technology
MBSE-Driven Systems Engineering Visualization Suite

There is a need to define the information architecture, ontologies, and patterns that drive the construction and architecture of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) models, but less clarity is given to the logical follow-on of that effort: how to practically leverage the resulting semantic...

Briefs: Information Technology
Python Turbulence Detection Algorithm (PyTDA)

This software, written in the Python programming language, estimates turbulence from Doppler radar data. It ingests radar data using the Department of Energy’s Py-ART open-source radar software toolkit.

Briefs: Imaging
One-Micron (1064-nm) Planar External Cavity Laser (PLANEX)

A highly reliable, very low-phase and low-amplitude-noise laser is required as an oscillator for the LISA mission. A commercial product made by Redfern Integrated Optics met these requirements (1550 nm PLANEX External Cavity Laser), but it operated at 1.5 microns, not the required LISA...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Micro Cylindrical Ion Trap Micro Mass Spectrometer Instrument System

The goal of this work was to advance the development of new, extremely small (≈2 cm3), low-power (≈3 W), and low-cost micro mass spectrometer instrument systems (μMSIS) through the application of microelectro-mechanical system (MEMS) design and fabrication, and...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Invertible Time Invariant Linear Filtering (InTILF) Method for Pattern Detection and Modeling of Stochastic One- or Two- Dimensional Data

X-ray astronomy offers the opportunity to observe important phenomena, including the early accretion of massive black holes and detecting diffuse ionized intergalactic gas that is heated to X-ray temperatures...

High-performance thermal imagers like Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment on the Lunar...

Last year, engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, tested an additive manufacturing process that is being used to make some of the parts for NASA’s new rocket,...

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In 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) will send the...

NASA Technology

Nick Blanton spends a lot of time outdoors, skiing in the winter months and hiking when the weather’s warm. All of this takes a toll on his electronic gadgets, which...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: May 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft...

Using sophisticated 3D imaging, a team at University College London, The European Synchrotron (ESRF), University of Manchester, Harwell Oxford, Oregon State University, and the National...

Articles: Photonics/Optics
Filtering in Machine Vision

There are many different types of filters in machine vision that can be utilized to improve or change the image of the object under inspection. It is important to understand the different technologies behind the...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using UV LEDs to Cure Fiber Optic Cables

Modern fiber optics have undergone remarkable advances since their development in the 1960s. The growing demand for fiber-optic cable, especially in the telecommunications industry, has led to an...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Customized Drone Maps Glaciers

Using a custom-designed drone, a researcher from The Ohio State University mapped glaciers and wetlands in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range. Despite a discovered drop in glacier growth, the findings...

Podcasts
John Hanson, Nodes Deputy Project Manager and Technical Lead, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

On December 6, 2015, two CubeSats successfully launched to the International Space Station. As part of NASA’s Nodes mission, the CubeSats will soon communicate with each other and demonstrate the benefits of a networked "swarm" of...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Characterizing Richness of Previously Unmapped Terrain and Estimating its Impact on Navigation Performance using 3D Range Sensors in Flight

Landers to large planetary bodies such as Mars typically use a secondary reconnaissance spacecraft to generate high-fidelity 3D terrain maps that are subsequently used for landing site selection and creating...

Products: Imaging
Tunable Edge Filters

Semrock (Rochester NY) has launched the new VersaChrome Edge™ tunable long- and short-pass filters. The three new families of filters are designed to work together to create the equivalent of a single passband filter...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Line-Scan Cameras

Chromasens GmbH (Konstanz, Germany) has introduced the Chromasens 10k and 15k allPIXA wave cameras. The 102 × 100 × 56 mm allPIXA wave 15k camera offers a maximum line rate of 15360 pixels × 3 to 18.4 kHz (55 kHz mono)....

Ophir Photonics Group (Logan, UT), a Newport Corporation, recently announced the RM9-PD Radiometer, a sensor for measuring the power of very low level CW or quasi CW sources. The RM9-PD integrates a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Cameras

The Fastec IL5 camera from Fastec Imaging (San Diego, CA) records high-speed production lines. The Fastec IL5 can be controlled over Gigabit Ethernet via Fastec FasMotion software. Additional models take video ranging from...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Machining Software

Prima Power Laserdyne’s (Champlin, MN) ShapeSoft™ feature simplifies the creation of programs for producing cone, oblique cone, fan, racetrack, and a variety of shaped holes in a wide range of turbine engine...

Products: Photonics/Optics
High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has released the Phantom® Miro® C-Series. The high-speed cameras feature a 12-bit, ½- inch CMOS color or monochrome sensor. The camera records 800 frames per second at its full 1280 × 1084...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Spatial Light Modulator

Hamamatsu Corporation (Bridgewater, NJ) has expanded its LCOS SLM (Liquid Crystal on Silicon – Spatial Light Modulator) family with its X13138 series. Featuring higher resolution (1272 × 1024 pixels) and the...

Products: Imaging
Pulsed Semiconductor Laser

Excelitas Technologies® Corp. (Waltham, MA) has introduced the Surface Mount 905 nm Pulsed Semiconductor Laser (SMD Laser), offering the capability of automated pick-and-place high-volume assembly. In addition,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Deep UV LEDs

Crystal IS (Green Island, NY) augmented the Optan SMD (surface mount device) product line for instrumentation with the addition of higher light output and wavelength specific bins (SKUs). This newest offering resulted from...

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