NASA Tech Briefs - May 2015 - Vol. 39 No. 5

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Features

Feature Articles

Products of Tomorrow: May 2015
Industry Roundtable: 3D Printing
NASA Spinoff: NASA’s UV Radiation Research Keeps Sun Worshipers Safe
Fiber Optic Connectors
The Strain Gauge Gets an Upgrade
New Control Possibilities for Wireless Switches
Glaucoma Sensor Monitors Eye Continuously

Who's Who

Dr. David W. Miller, Chief Technologist, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Products of the Month

Product of the Month: May 2015
UV-VIS Micro-Spectrometer
310 nm, sub 800 ps Picosecond Pulsed LED
UV-Visible-NIR Polarization Spectroscopy
Circular Variable ND Filters
Camera Sensor Module
Laser Radiation Detector Screens
Deep UV Luminescence Spectrophotometer
sCMOS Cameras
Samarium Oxide Glaze
High-Shock Sensors
Gas Sensors
Pressure Sensors
Accelerometers
Spectral Sensors
Vision Sensors
Flow Sensors
Pressure Transducers
Capacitive Measurement System
Accelerometers
Load Cells
Sensor System
Temperature Sensors
Sensor Beacons

Application Briefs

3D-Printed Functional Antenna Arrays Operate on Exterior of COSMIC-2 Satellites
Intelligent Photonic Multi-Sensor Solutions
NASA, UCF Professor Send Sensor to Stratosphere
Waggle Platform Offers Possible Key to the ‘Smart City’
NASA Sensors Detect Aircraft Icing Hazards
Tech Briefs

Mechanics & Machinery

Diminutive Assembly for Nanosatellite deploYables (DANY) Miniature Release Mechanism
Quantitative Real-Time Flow Visualization Technique
Thin-Film Evaporative Cooling for Side-Pumped Lasers
MEMS Micro-Translation Stage with Large Linear Travel Capability
Planar and Non-Planar Multi-Bifurcating Stacked Radial Diffusing Valve Cages

Information Sciences

Space Weather Database of Notifications, Knowledge, Information — DONKI
Core Flight System (cFS) Software Bus Network Application Version 1.0
STARS Finite Element Multidisciplinary Analysis Computer Program
Hazards Analysis Management Tool
Developing Web and Mobile Applications Integrated with Systems Utilizing the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service
Synthetic Imaging Maneuver Optimization — SIMO

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Increased Alignment in Carbon Nanotube Growth
Process to Fabricate Specific Sized Monodisperse Polystyrene Microparticles
Atmospheric Pressure Plasma-Based Fabrication of Printable Electronics and Functional Coatings
Passive Destructive Interference Acoustic Liner for a Turbofan Engine Using Additive Manufacturing

Bio-Medical

Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes
Provision of Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper Cages for Immune Shielding of Cells, Tissues, and Medical Devices
Rapid Polymer Sequencer
High-Density, Homogenous Bacterial Spore Distributions on Test Surfaces
Team Game and Simulation Control
CRP Aptamers to Bone-Specific Alkaline Phosphatase (BAP)

Test & Measurement

Quantitative Analysis of Failure Mode in Adhesively Bonded Test Specimens
Energy-Based Acoustic Measurement System for Rocket Noise
Mass Gauging Demonstrator for Any Gravitational Conditions
Multiport Hat Coupler for Electronically Steerable Antenna Testing
Neutron Spectrometer for Inner Radiation Belt Studies
High-Energy Instrumentation for Small Satellite Platforms
Variable Acceleration Force Calibration System
A Synthetic Quadrature Phase Detector/ Demodulator for Fourier Transform Spectrometers
Device for Direct Measurement of the Diffusivity and Molecular Release Through Membranes and Filters

Sensors/Data Acquisition

Gas and Vapor Sensors on Paper
Intelligent Flamefinder Detection and Alert System
Load-Indicating Sensor for Lines and Cords
Wide-Input-Range Signal-Conditioning Input Interface for Motor Position Sensing in Extreme Environments

Aerospace

Real-Time Aerodynamic Parameter Estimation Without Airflow Angle Measurements
Method for Improving Control Systems with Normalized Adaptation by Optimal Control Modification
Airborne Coordinated Conflict Resolution and Detection (ACCoRD) Framework
Integrated Pitot Health Monitoring System
NASA Aircraft Management Information System (NAMIS)
Sector 33 App

Communications

VCSEL Laser Array for Communications
Providing a Real-Time Audible Message to a Pilot
Pass Plan Formatter (PPF) for Earth Sciences Ground Support System
Integrated Tool Archives, Extracts, and Analyzes Spacecraft Housekeeping Telemetry Data (GMSEC R3.0)
Low-Noise Analog APDs with Impact Ionization Engineering and Negative Feedback
Method to Improve Wireless System Communication Coverage in a Bended Tunnel Environment
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