Briefs: Information Technology
Using a Moderate Ionospheric Storm Detector to Improve WAAS Availability

The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) broadcasts information that allows users to bound the positioning error that arises from ionospheric delay of signals emitted by Global Positioning System satellites. A critical objective of WAAS is to make ionospheric grid delays...

Briefs: Software
JLAB Tracking Tool (JTRAK)

The JLAB Tracking Tool (JTRAK) is a Web-enabled database tool designed to automate the tracking of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Integrated Ground Support System (IGSS) and Integrated Test Support System (ITSS) configured items. These configured items consist of IGSS and ITSS equipment and materials; hardware and...

Briefs: Information Technology
Orbital Mechanics Simulation Program for Educational Outreach

AJava software program was developed that provides a solar system simulation, demonstrating the application of calculus to understanding and modeling how the real universe operates. The program can be modified by the user to study various changes in physical properties, and software...

Briefs: Imaging
Thermal Cycle Qualification of Radiated Solar Arrays for 50 to 133 K Temperatures in Vacuum

Solar arrays (radiated or non-radiated) and other technologies are candidate materials for projects in JPL. Some of the projects need to qualify these potential technologies to cryogenic extreme temperatures (from 133 to 50 K or lower). Those technologies...

Briefs: Imaging
Downhole Regolith Interrogation with Helium-Assisted Drill and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

It is of great interest to the scientific community to have the ability to analyze drilled boreholes in situ on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars. The goal of this work was to design and fabricate a Downhole Regolith Interrogation with...

Optical indexing wheels, sometimes called “filter wheels,” are used to locate various optics or filters in a beam path to change the observational mode. Large wheels a half-meter in size...

Briefs: Imaging
Web-Based Search Service to Support Imaging Spectrometer Instrument Operations

Imaging spectrometers yield rich and informative data products, but interpreting them demands time and expertise. There is a continual need for new algorithms and methods for rapid firstdraft analyses to assist analysts during instrument operations. Intelligent data...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Hermetic Phototube Housing

This innovation is a hermetically sealed case or very small chamber. A photomultiplier tube (PMT) is mounted inside the chamber. The circuit board is also installed inside the chamber with appropriate feedthroughs for signals. An adapter/floating mount called the phototube to light pipe system mount (PLPSM) allows the...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Design, Fabrication, and Test of WFIRST/AFTA GRISM Assembly

This work originated with the Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) slitless spectrometer design (GRISM assembly), which attempted to follow the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) method of employing a singleelement GRISM as a slitless spectroscope. However, WFIRST’s field of view...

Briefs: Imaging
Spinal Ultrasound Just-in-Time Training Tool

Back pain and injury are recognized risks that can affect the well-being and performance of crewmembers during missions, as well as their long-term health. Spine elongation is a documented effect of microgravity, back pain is a common occurrence in early flight, and the post-flight incidence of spinal...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Wide-Spectrum Organic Mass Spectrometer Using Far-Ultraviolet Ionization

Two-step laser desorption/photoionization mass spectrometry (L2MS) represents a powerful tool for the organic analysis of astromaterials. The technique has high sensitivity and requires little to no sample preparation.

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: January 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...

In 1964, NASA’s Electronics Research Center (ERC) opened in Massachusetts, serving to develop the space agency’s in-house expertise in electronics during...

Energid Technologies
Cambridge, MA
617-401-7090
www.energid.com

For obvious reasons, conditions on lunar and planetary surfaces can...

Brimrose Corporation of America
Sparks, MD
410-472-7070
www.brimrose.com

Brimrose is developing radiation detectors that can improve NASA’s...

In 2007, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian was looking for an engineering team to help him develop an endoscopic device suitable for brain surgery, and capable of both steering its lens and producing a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: January 2016

Dewetron, Wakefield, RI, announced the TRIONet compact data acquisition system that accepts any two of the company’s multi-channel TRION series plug-in modules. The system connects to any Windows computer...

In mid-October, a NASA-developed software called AEGIS was uploaded to the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. The AEGIS technology, winner of NASA’s 2011 Software of the Year award, will soon...

MultiWave Hybrid Technology* combines multiple laser beams with various wavelengths into a single coaxial laser beam. There are existing systems using two different laser wavelengths...

Application Briefs: Imaging
Manufacturing OLED Lighting

Organic Light Emitting Diode (“OLED”) lighting panels are thin planar area light sources that are naturally diffuse, low glare, high color rendering, cool to the touch, highly energy efficient and highly...

A new technology developed by researchers from The Langevin Institute (Paris, France) enables subsurface imaging of the finger. The “internal fingerprint,” according to the...

The SPIE Photonics West 2016 technical conference and exhibition returns to The Moscone Center in San Francisco, February 13-18, offering attendees the opportunity to explore the latest innovations in lasers,...

Products: Imaging
THz-TDS and THZ-FDS Imaging Systems

Terasense (San Jose, CA), in collaboration with Toptica Photonics (Victor, NY), has unveiled the first imaging cameras enhanced for time-domain and frequency-domain generation systems. The new cameras, developed for specific use in TDS and FDS systems, operate in the 50 GHz to 0.7 THz frequency range. Both...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Frame Grabbers

The FireBird 1xCLD-2PE4 Camera Link frame grabber from Active Silicon (Iver, UK) conforms to both 8-bit/10-tap and 10-bit/8-tap modes. The Gen2 ×4 PCIe bus sustains a 1.7Gbytes/s throughput. Capture is supported from two...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design Software

Zemax (Kirkland, WA) has announced Optic Studio™ 15, the next version of their optical and illumination design software. OpticStudio 15 builds upon previous versions with new features including: ZOS-API.NET, a completely...

Pleora Technologies (Ottawa, Canada) has expanded its GigE Vision® IP core platform to include support for field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from both Xilinx and Altera. Customers are currently...

Products: Imaging
Infrared Cameras

Xenics (Leuven, Belgium) offers the Cheetah-640-CL SWIR camera. The new 800-Hz version outputs 12-bit images via a standard CameraLink medium interface. A TE1-cooled sensor allows the Cheetah-640-CL to achieve low dark...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Dual Wavelength Excitation Light Source

The new IS-LEDc from Siskiyou Corporation (Grants Pass, OR) is a turnkey, flexible dual wavelength excitation light source for optongenetics and other life science applications. Specifically, the...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Frame Grabbers

PICOLO HD cards from Euresys (San Juan Capistrano, CA) are compatible with SDI, HDMI, DVI, and analog video sources. Able to acquire high-definition color 1080p video signals from one HD camera in a PC environment, the Euresys...

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