NASA Tech Briefs - January 2013 - Vol. 37 No. 1

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Features

Feature Articles

Trends In Fused Components For Fiber Lasers
Photonics Design Automation
Software is the Driving Innovation for Consumer Electronics
Alloy-Enhanced Fans Maintain Fresh Air in Tunnels

Who's Who

Chuck Jorgensen, Chief Scientist for Neuro Engineering, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Products of the Month

3D Imaging Sensor
C-mount Spectrometer Adapters
2.8 MP GigE Vision Camera
Cool Bypass Switches
Multi-Channel Laser Modules
Chip-Based Video Camera
Silicon Solar Cells
Infrared Image Sensor
USB 3.0 CMOSIS-Sensor- Based Cameras
Epoxy Based UV Curable System
Surface Mount Photodiode with Daylight Filter
Galvo and Controller Combination
Tunable Lenses
Product of the Month: the IRIS Color 3D Printer

Application Briefs

Light-Control Systems Help NASA Go ‘Net Zero’
Sensors Monitor Curiosity’s Drilling Arm
Tech Briefs

Mechanics & Machinery

Ultra-Compact Transputer-Based Controller for High-Level, Multi-Axis Coordination
Magnetically Actuated Seal
Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot Excavator
Hybrid Electrostatic/ Flextensional Mir ror for Lightweight, Large-Aperture, and Cr yogenic Space Telescopes
Sheet Membrane Spacesuit Water Membrane Evaporator
Motor Qualification for Long-Duration Mars Missions

Information Sciences

3D Hail Size Distribution Interpolation/Extrapolation Algorithm
Ionospheric Simulation System for Satellite Observations and Global Assimilative Model Experiments — ISOGAME
Estimating Torque Imparted on Spacecraft Using Telemetry
flexplan: Mission Planning System for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Airborne Tomographic Swath Ice Sounding Processing System
PowderSim: Lagrangian Discrete and Mesh-Free Continuum Simulation Code for Cohesive Soils
Basic Operational Robotics Instructional System
Multiple-Frame Detection of Subpixel Targets in Thermal Image Sequences
Metric Learning to Enhance Hyperspectral Image Segmentation

Materials

Using Pre-Melted Phase Change Material to Keep Payloads in Space Warm for Hours Without Power
Fibrillar Adhesive for Climbing Robots
Transformers: Shape-Changing Space Systems Built With Robotic Textiles

Software

Artificial Intelligence Software for Assessing Postural Stability
System for Contributing and Discovering Derived Mission and Science Data
Remote Viewer for Maritime Robotics Software
Stackfile Database
Reachability Maps for In Situ Operations
JPL Space Telecommunications Radio System Operating Environment
RFI-SIM: RFI Simulation Package
ION Configuration Editor
Dtest Testing Software
IMPaCT — Integration of Missions, Programs, and Core Technologies
Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) Toolkit

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Microwave Sinterator Freeform Additive Construction System (MS-FACS)
Development of a Centrifugal Technique for the Microbial Bioburden Analysis of Freon (CFC-11)
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Low- Cost, High-Performance Liquid Rocket Combustion Chambers

Physical Sciences

Single-Photon-Sensitive HgCdTe Avalanche Photodiode Detector
Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Using Silica Whispering- Gallery Mode Resonators
Color-Changing Sensors for Detecting the Presence of Hypergolic Fuels
Wind-Driven Wireless Networked System of Mobile Sensors for Mars Exploration
Analysis of the Effects of Streamwise Lift Distribution on Sonic Boom Signature
In Situ Solid Particle Generator
Ultra-Compact, Superconducting Spectrometer-on-a-Chip at Submillimeter Wavelengths
Rad-Tolerant, Thermally Stable, High-Speed Fiber-Optic Network for Harsh Environments
High-Collection-Efficiency Fluorescence Detection Cell

Bio-Medical

Medicine Delivery Device With Integrated Sterilization and Detection
Less-Invasive Ventricular Assist Device for Late-Stage Heart Failure
Integrating Electrical Systems into 3D Mechanical Models
Defibrillator Setting Change Leads to Health Gains

Photonics

UV Resonant Raman Spectrometer With Multi-Line Laser Excitation
Towed Subsurface Optical Communications Buoy

Electronics & Computers

DSP/FPGA Design for a High-Speed Programmable S-Band Space Transceiver
Memory Circuit Fault Simulator
On-Chip Power-Combining for High-Power Schottky Diode- Based Frequency Multipliers
FPGA Vision Data Architecture
Tech Exchange

Tech Needs

Non-Invasive Intra-Cranial Pressure Monitoring
Better Foam Generation

Tech for License

Multiple-Input DC Converter Distributes Power from Battery
Piezo Technology Offers Precise Actuation, Generates Less Heat