NASA Tech Briefs - April 2014 - Vol. 38 No. 4

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Features

Feature Articles

SAE 2014 World Congress Preview
Steering Toward the Future
Harnessing the Power of NASA Technology

Who's Who

Kenneth Dudley, Senior Researcher, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Products of the Month

Product of the Month: The Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Printer
CMOS Camera
Embedded Video Interface
USB 3.0 Cameras
Scientific CMOS Camera
3D Inspection Scanner
Infrared Camera Core
High-Speed Cameras
Camera Gauge System
High-Speed Imaging System
CMOS Image Sensor
40G AdvancedTCA® Switch Blade

Application Briefs

Thrusters Support Communications Satellite Launch
Spectrometer Gratings Enable Mars Sample Analysis
Oxygen Containers Transport Tank Assembly to ISS

Technologies

Mortar Dispenser Enables Efficient Wall Construction
One-Way Power System Produces Constant Torque
Tech Briefs

Mechanics & Machinery

Smart Core-Bit Probe (SCOPe)
Electrically Conductive, Failure-Resistant Tethers
ATHLETE Low-Gravity Testbed
Acoustic Mechanical Feedthroughs for Producing Work Across a Structure
Porous Media Jacket for Use in Regeneratively Cooled Rocket Engines

Information Sciences

Adaptive Periodic-Correlation Algorithm for Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensing
Atmospheric Turbulence Modeling for Aero Vehicles
Autonomic Quiescence
Optimization of OT-MACH Filter Generation for Target Recognition
A Decision Support Tool to Assess Upper-Level Winds for Space Launch
Change Detection in Orbital Images Using Relative Landmark Graphs
Heavy-Alkane Oxidation Kinetic-Mechanism Reduction

Materials

Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes Into Polymer Matrices to Produce Unique Properties
Carbon Nanotube Growth Density Control
Pulsed Plasma Lubricator (PPL) Technology for the In Situ Replenishment of Dry Lubricants in Extreme Environments
Long-Life, Hydrophilic, Antimicrobial Coating for Condensing Heat Exchangers
Opposed Pad Gecko Adhesive Gripper for On-Off Omnidirectional Anchoring/Gripping in Orbit
Complex Geometry Multi-Use Coatings for Abrasion Prevention, Wear Resistance, and Lunar Dust Removal

Software

Weekly Status Reporting & Approval Application Revision 2
CoolSPICE: SPICE Simulator for Cryogenic Electronics
Telescience Resource Kit, Release 3
Software Tools for Fault Management Technologies

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Self-Aligning Lug for Adapting Carbon Fiber Rods to a Bolted Metallic Connection
Growth Method for Chalcongenide Phase-Change Nanostructures

Physical Sciences

Laser Spider Web Sensor Used With Portable Handheld Devices
Life-Detecting Radar
High-Energy Lithium Flow Cells With Sulfur Cathodes for Transportation Applications
Physical Causes of Extremely Low Geomagnetic Activity
Green PCB Removal From Sediment Systems (GPRSS)
Internalization of Non-Spherical Particles
System for Observing Dynamic Atmospheric Phenomena
Covariance Analysis of Astrometric Alignment Estimation Architectures for Precision Dual-Spacecraft Formation Flying
Automated Purgatoid Identification
Interplanetary CubeSats

Electronics & Computers

Dual-Channel Electromechanical Shutter Driver (ESD)
Sub-Nanosecond, Compact, Low-Power Time-Interval Measurement
Improvised Diagnostic Strategy for High-Side Switch Power Stage

Sensors/Data Acquisition

In Situ Health Monitoring of Piezoelectric Sensors
Wireless Sensor Node for Autonomous Monitoring and Alerts in Remote Environments
Capacitive Humidity Sensors Using Highly Durable Polyimide Membrane
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