September 1, 2010 NASA Tech Briefs - September 2010 - Vol. 34 No. 9 Here are links to this issue's Features, Tech Briefs, Products and more. You can download the complete issue, LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD Don't have an account? Sign up here. Subscribe to future issues. SUBSCRIBE Inside this issue Supplements Features Articles Is It Time to Try Direct Digital Manufacturing? NASA Awards 2009 Software of the Year Who's Who Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Associate Administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC Application Briefs Robotic 3D Scanner Automatically Scans Spacecraft Heat Shields Automated Data Acquisition and Analysis Test Station for NASA’s CEV Tech Briefs Mechanics & Machinery Miniature Piezoelectric Macro-Mass Balance Acoustic Liner for Turbomachinery Applications Water Tank With Capillary Air/Liquid Separation Large-Flow-Area Flow-Selective Liquid/Gas Separator Metering Gas Strut for Separating Rocket Stages Counterflowing Jet Subsystem Design Information Sciences 3D GeoWall Analysis System for Shuttle External Tank Foreign Object Debris Events Hidden Statistics Approach to Quantum Simulations Determining Atmospheric-Density Profile of Titan Materials Low-Outgassing Adhesives Functionalization of Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes by Photo-Oxidation Software World Wide Web Metaphors for Search Mission Data Phenological Parameters Estimation Tool Numerical Mean Element Orbital Analysis With Morbiter Manufacturing & Prototyping Producing Hydrogen by Plasma Pyrolysis of Methane Self-Deployable Membrane Structures Reactivation of a Tin-Oxide-Containing Catalyst Physical Sciences Instrument for Measuring Thermal Conductivity of Materials at Low Temperatures A Safe, Self-Calibrating, Wireless System for Measuring Volume of Any Fuel at Non-Horizontal Orientation Multi-Axis Accelerometer Calibration System Pupil Alignment Measuring Technique and Alignment Reference for Instruments or Optical Systems Autonomous System for Monitoring the Integrity of Composite Fan Housings True Shear Parallel Plate Viscometer Maglev Facility for Simulating Variable Gravity Focusing Diffraction Grating Element With Aberration Control Universal Millimeter-Wave Radar Front End Electronics & Computers Advanced Flip Chips in Extreme Temperature Environments Adaptation of the Camera Link Interface for Flight-Instrument Applications High-Performance CCSDS AOS Protocol Implementation in FPGA High-Performance CCSDS Encapsulation Service Implementation in FPGA Products Products EPOCH 600 Photonics Tech Briefs Briefs Qualification and Selection of Flight Diode Lasers for Space Applications High-Speed Operation of Interband Cascade Lasers Hybrid AlGaN-SiC Avalanche Photodiode for Deep-UV Photon Detection Mode Selection for a Single-Frequency Fiber Laser Applications New Scanning Probe Microscopy Techniques for Analyzing Organic Photovoltaic Materials Articles Calibrating Photovoltaic Cells Products Product of the Month: PoE Compact Vision System Fuse and Fuseholder LED Power Supplies CCD Microscope Cameras Thermal Imaging Camera Core Counter-Rotating Doublet Prisms CCTV Lens Machine Vision Solution Electron and Ion-Beam Microscope System Optical Table Hyperspectral Imaging Sensor Low-Energy Laser Measurement Sensor Plastic-Coated Silica Fibers Optical Receiver Semiconductor Tapered Amplifiers Infrared LED Imaging Technology Briefs Plenoptic Imager for Automated Surface Navigation Reconstituted Three-Dimensional Interactive Imaging Articles Advancements in Full-Motion Video for Military UAS Surveillance Applications Applications Imaging Technology Enables 3D Monitoring for Surveillance and Missile Defense Products Frame Grabber Low-Light Lens Vision Appliance Graphics Adapter Board Image Processor Color Cameras Digital Microscope SWIR Lenses Touch Screen Display Machine Vision Software Microscope Cameras Microscopy Camera Embedded Technology Articles Using the Intel® Architecture in High-Performance Military Embedded DSP Applications Protecting COTS Military Electronics From Shock and Vibration Let the Show Begin OpenVPX — From Concept to Specification Transitioning to OpenVPX for Next-Generation C4ISR Systems Putting OpenVPX To Work Applications Moving From System Specification to Software Development Testing DC Power Systems Products High-Density Rad-Hard Reconfigurable FPGA Video Frame Grabber Multi-Touch Controller Chip Electrical Test and Measurement CD 16-Bit Microcontroller 6U OpenVPX Radar System Upgrade OpenVPX/VITA-65 Serial RapidIO® GEN-2 Switch 6U OpenVPX Rugged Single Board Computer 6U VPX Load Board Forced Air-Cooled Enclosure Two-Slot OpenVPX Development Platform IPv4/IPv6 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Software Tech Briefs Briefs Multiphysics Analysis of a Burning Candle Capacitively Coupled Plasma Analysis 3D Direct Modeling Streamlines Micro-Cogeneration System Design and Analysis Processes Microwaving Moondust with COMSOL TEAMS Model Analyzer Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) for the HyspIRI Spectrometer Mission Probabilistic Design and Analysis Framework Excavator Design Validation Momentum Management Tool for Low-Thrust Missions Mixed Real/Virtual Operator Interface for ATHLETE Antenna Controller Replacement Software Efficient Parallel Engineering Computing on Linux Workstations FAILSAFE Health Management for Embedded Systems Water Detection Based on Sky Reflections Nonlinear Combustion Instability Prediction JMISR INteractive eXplorer Characterization of Cloud Water-Content Distribution Autonomous Planning and Replanning for Mine-Sweeping Unmanned Underwater Vehicles 'In-Situ' Pointing Correction and Rover Microlocalization Dayside Ionospheric Superfountain Hybrid-PIC Computer Simulation of the Plasma and Erosion Processes in Hall Thrusters BioNet Digital Communications Framework Operation Program for the Spatially Phase-Shifted Digital Speckle Pattern Interferometer — SPS-DSPI Intelligent Patching of Conceptual Geometry for CFD Analysis Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science Space Images for NASA/JPL Real-Time Feature Tracking Using Homography Stereo Imaging Tactical Helper XMbodyinfo Sparse Superpixel Unmixing for Hyperspectral Image Analysis NAIF Toolkit — Extended Systems Maintenance Automated Repair Tasks (SMART) Centralized Alert-Processing and Asset Planning for Sensorwebs Support for Systematic Code Reviews With the SCRUB Tool Planning and Execution for an Autonomous Aerobot Real-Time Exponential Curve Fits Using Discrete Calculus Optimal Codes for the Burst Erasure Channel Short-Block Protograph-Based LDPC Codes Situational Lightning Climatologies GOATS - Orbitology Component View the discussion thread.