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Innovative Waste Heat Recovery Systems and Improvements with Advanced Turbomachinery
Centennial Challenges: NASA’s Prize Program for the “Citizen Inventor”
Demystifying Electro-Photonic Integrated Circuits
Using Light to Reverse-Engineer a Steam Turbine

Who's Who

Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., Director, Marshall Space Flight Center

Products of the Month

USB CompuScope
Product of the Month: Progressive-Scan Color Camera
Illumination Design Software
Rugged Lenses
Articulating Video Boreoscope
High-Sensitivity Infrared Detectors
Image Dimension Measurement System
Single Photon Counting Module for 1064nm
Temperature Controllers
Compact LEDs
Blue Laser Diodes
Digital USB Microscope
Step-Down DC/DC Converter
Precision Linear Motor Stages
Polygonal Laser Scanner
Laser Diode ESD Protection
Adhesives and Sealants Literature

Application Briefs

Design Data Management Keeps Rover Circuit Boards in Check
Lightning Monitoring System Helps Protect Shuttle
Tech Briefs

Mechanics & Machinery

Instrument for Analysis of Greenland’s Glacier Mills
System for Packaging Planetary Samples for Return to Earth
Offset Compound Gear Drive
Simple Check Valves for Microfluidic Devices
Low-Dead-Volume Inlet for Vacuum Chamber
A Capillary-Based Static Phase Separator for Highly Variable Wetting Conditions
Lightweight Heat Pipes Made From Magnesium
Finned Carbon-Carbon Heat Pipe With Potassium Working Fluid
Ceramic Rail-Race Ball Bearings
Gimballing Spacecraft Thruster

Information Sciences

Reactive Collision Avoidance Algorithm
Modeling Common-Sense Decisions in Artificial Intelligence
Fast Solution in Sparse LDA for Binary Classification


Integrated Budget Office Toolbox
PLOT3D Export Tool for Tecplot
Math Description Engine Software Development Kit
Astronaut Office Scheduling System Software
ISS Solar Array Management
Probabilistic Structural Analysis Program
SPOT Program
Integrated Hybrid System Architecture for Risk Analysis

Manufacturing & Prototyping

Turbomolecular Pumps for Holding Gases in Open Containers
Serrating Nozzle Surfaces for Complete Transfer of Droplets
Triaxial Swirl Injector Element for Liquid-Fueled Engines

Physical Sciences

Widely Tunable Mode-Hop-Free External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser
Non-Geiger-Mode Single-Photon Avalanche Detector With Low Excess Noise
Using Whispering-Gallery-Mode Resonators for Refractometry
Crossed, Small-Deflection Energy Analyzer for Wind/Temperature Spectrometer
Three Methods of Detection of Hydrazines
Cryogenic Moisture Apparatus
A Transportable Gravity Gradiometer Based on Atom Interferometr y
Improved OTEC System for a Submarine Robot
Reflector Surface Error Compensation in Dual-Reflector Antennas
Enriched Storable Oxidizers for Rocket Engines
Planar Submillimeter-Wave Mixer Technology With Integrated Antenna
Graph-Based Path-Planning for Titan Balloons
Nanolaminate Membranes as Cylindrical Telescope Reflectors
Air-Sea Spray Airborne Radar Profiler Characterizes Energy Fluxes in Hurricanes
Large Telescope Segmented Primary Mirror Alignment
Simplified Night Sky Display System


Zinc-Doped Tricalcium Phosphate Ceramic for Surgical Implants
Micro-Electrode Visual Inspection System Utilizing Image Processing Tools
Power-Assist Control Interface for Wheelchairs
Neuroprosthetics and Solutions for Restoring Sensorimotor Functions
Implantable Microsystems for Anatomical Rewiring of Brain Circuitry
Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Control of Combat-Related Hemorrhage
Biotic-Abiotic Interface Between the Body and an Artificial Limb
RF Device for Acquiring Images of the Human Body


Widely Tunable Mode-Hop-Free External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Laser
Non-Geiger-Mode Single-Photon Avalanche Detector With Low Excess Noise
Using Whispering-Gallery-Mode Resonators for Refractometry

Electronics & Computers

Wavefront Correction for Large, Flexible Antenna Reflector
Novel Microstrip-to-Waveguide Feed Employing a Double-Y Junction
Thin-Film Ferroelectric-Coupled Microstripline Phase Shifters With Reduced Device Hysteresis
Two-Stage, 90-GHz, Low-Noise Amplifier
A 311-GHz Fundamental Oscillator Using InP HBT Technology
FPGA Coprocessor Design for an Onboard Multi-angle Spectro-Polarimetric Imager
Tech Exchange

Tech Needs

Real-Time Analysis and Reporting of Water-Borne Microorganisms
Technologies for Printed Electronics

NASA Tech Needs

NASA Environmental Monitoring and Control Technology Needs

Tech for License

Co-Extrusion Process Prevents Ingredient Co-Mingling
Shape-Memory Diaphragm Shutter Valve for Fluid Flow Interception and Icing Prevention