Briefs: Software
ISS Live!

International Space Station Live! (ISSLive!) is a Web application that uses a proprietary commercial technology called Lightstreamer to push data across the Internet using the standard http port (port 80). ISSLive! uses the push technology to display real-time telemetry and mission timeline data from the space station in any common Web...

Briefs: Software
Software to Compare NPP HDF5 Data Files

This software was developed for the NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Preparatory Project (NPP) Science Data Segment. The purpose of this software is to compare HDF5 (Hierarchical Data Format) files specific to NPP and report whether the HDF5 files are identical....

Scientists have deemed the fuel cell as one of the most promising power sources that can replace the use of fossil fuels as well as satisfy global expectations. The...

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Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Battery Pack Powers NASA Rocket Launch

Quallion, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion storage systems, assisted in the launch of Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Pegasus® rocket, which carried NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Array...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Radioisotope System Keeps Mars Rover Moving

The instruments aboard NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” rover receive their power from a radioisotope system assembled and tested at Idaho National Laboratory. The Multi- Mission...

Application Briefs: Propulsion
Cryogenic Turbines Aid NASA’s Morpheus Lander

Turbines, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of turbine flow metering technology, has assisted NASA with its Morpheus Lander project. Project Morpheus, a vertical testbed, demonstrates new...

NASA’s twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, remain one of the Agency’s greatest achievements in exploration. On Earth, these robots are best known for their stunning...

Briefs: Information Technology
Semi-Supervised Eigenbasis Novelty Detection

Recent discoveries in high-time-resolution radio astronomy data have focused attention on a new class of events. Fast transients are rare pulses of radio frequency energy lasting from microseconds to seconds that might be produced by a variety of exotic astrophysical phenomena. For example, X-ray...

Briefs: Information Technology
Translating MAPGEN to ASPEN for MER

This software translates MAPGEN(Europa and APGEN) domains to ASPEN, and the resulting domain can be used to perform planning for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER). In other words, this is a conversion of two distinct planning languages (both declarative and procedural) to a third (declarative) planning language...

Briefs: Imaging
Planetary Data Systems (PDS) Imaging Node Atlas II

The Planetary Image Atlas (PIA) is a Rich Internet Application (RIA) that serves planetary imaging data to the science community and the general public. PIA also utilizes the USGS Unified Planetary Coordinate system (UPC) and the on-Mars map server.

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Automatic Calibration of an Airborne Imaging System to an Inertial Navigation Unit

This software automatically calibrates a camera or an imaging array to an inertial navigation system (INS) that is rigidly mounted to the array or imager. In effect, it recovers the coordinate frame transformation between the reference frame of the imager and the...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Support Routines for In Situ Image Processing

This software consists of a set of application programs that support ground-based image processing for in situ missions. These programs represent a collection of utility routines that perform miscellaneous functions in the context of the ground data system. Each one fulfills some specific need as...

Machine vision has become indispensable in today’s highly automated manufacturing environments, which rely on accurate in spec tion to ensure high product quality and high process...

The pixel-scale patterning of optical filters directly onto sensors has the potential to drastically simplify and scale down the cost of real-time multispectral imaging....

Averaging 1.6 million passengers per day, the Taipei Metro, also known as the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, is one of the busiest transportation systems in Asia...

Products: Imaging
Frame Grabbers

Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) has released the Xtium-CL PX4 series of frame grabbers. In addition to PCIe Gen 2.0 ×4 and Camera Link®, upcoming models will support Camera Link HS® as well as other interface standards on a...

Products: Imaging
Spherical Imaging System

Point Grey Research (Richmond, BC, Canada) has announced its Ladybug ®5 camera. The LD5-U3-51S5C features 30 megapixels (MP) of total resolution, covering 90% of a full sphere; a 5Gbit/s USB 3.0 interface; and a...

Products: Imaging
Frame Grabbers

VRmagic (Mannheim, Germany) has introduced the VRmDAVC-2, an intelligent version of the company’s USB frame grabber. In combination with analog cameras, the frame grabber provides users with a platform that performs image...

Products: Imaging
Imaging Objectives

Edmund Optics® (Barrington, NJ) offers Mitutoyo Glass Thickness-Compensated Infinity Corrected Objectives. The components are suited for imaging objects through glass up to 3.5 mm thick. Applications for the G Plan...

Products: Imaging
Infrared Camera

FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has released its SC6800 infrared camera. The device captures sensitive infrared imagery at up to 565 frames per second, in full 640 × 512 pixel resolution. The images can be thermographically and...

Products: Imaging
3D Machine Vision Inspection

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has announced the DS1000 3D laser profiling system. The system calibrates real-world units of measurement for inspections too difficult to perform with traditional two-dimensional...

Products: Imaging
3D Machine Vision Camera

IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) offers a new stereo 3D camera: the Ensenso ™ N10. The Ensenso™ N10 is fitted with two global shutter CMOS sensors and a pattern projector that projects a static,...

Products: Imaging
Camera Board

e-con Systems (St Louis, MO) has released the Full HD MIPI Camera Board, e- CAM51_44×, for Texas Instruments’ OMAP4 family of processors. The e-CAM51_44× camera board is interfaced to the PandaBoard, which is based on the...

Products: Imaging
CMOS/CCD Camera

The Imaging Source (Charlotte, NC) has announced monochrome and color FireWire 800 cameras. The cameras have an Aptina CMOS or Sony CCD sensor, 1/4'' to 1/1.8''. Other features of the 29 × 29 × 47 mm devices include...

Products: Imaging
PoE Switch

D-Link (Fountain Valley, CA) has introduced the DGS- 1100-08P switch. The DGS- 1100-08P delivers Power-over- Ethernet (PoE) capabilities for IP surveillance, VoIP phone, and access point deployment.

Articles: Aerospace
A New American Space Age

NASA and its industry partners are developing a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability with the goal of achieving safe, reliable, and cost-effective access to and from low-Earth orbit and the...

Linear guide rails are an important component within aircraft interiors. Following are some of the places where they are used:

• For seat adjustments — forward...

The AIRCAP® automatic draft stop, offered in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertibles, is distinctively different from conventional angular wind deflectors. It is entirely...

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