March 1, 2012 NASA Tech Briefs - March 2012 - Vol. 36 No. 3 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 Automotive Engineering: The Future is Today Marshall Space Flight Center Who's Who Donald Wegel, Lead Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Application Briefs Test Systems Ensure Structural Integrity of Orion Crew Vehicle Material Passes Tests for James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Tech Briefs Mechanics & Machinery Instrument Package Manipulation Through the Generation and Use of an Attenuated-Fluent Gas Fold Information Sciences Physics Mining of Multi-Source Data Sets Secure Peer-to-Peer Networks for Scientific Information Sharing High-Rate Data-Capture for an Airborne Lidar System Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Loading Tool (MDMLT) Foam-on-Tile Damage Model Materials Sealing Materials for Use in Vacuum at High Temperatures Radiation Shielding System Using a Composite of Carbon Nanotubes Loaded With Electropolymers Nano Sponges for Drug Delivery and Medicinal Applications Molecular Technique to Understand Deep Microbial Diversity Methods and Compositions Based on Culturing Microorganisms in Low Sedimental Fluid Shear Conditions Software Doppler Lidar Signal Processing Suite (DLiSPS) 3D Visualization for Phoenix Mars Lander Science Operations System-of-Systems Technology-Portfolio- Analysis Tool VESGEN Software for Mapping and Quantification of Vascular Regulators Constructing a Database From Multiple 2D Images for Camera Pose Estimation and Robot Localization Adaption of G-TAG Software for Validating Touch and Go Asteroid Sample Return Design Methodology Manufacturing & Prototyping Carbon Nanotube Bonding Strength Enhancement Using Metal “Wicking” Process Germanium Lift-Off Masks for Thin Metal Film Patterning Multi-Layer Far- Infrared Component Technology Physical Sciences Portable Fourier Transform Spectroscopy for Analysis of Surface Contamination and Quality Control 'In Situ' Geochemical Analysis and Age Dating of Rocks Using Laser Ablation-Miniature Mass Spectrometer Spectral Profiler Probe for 'In Situ' Snow Grain Size and Composition Stratigraphy Photogrammetry Tool for Forensic Analysis Maturation of Structural Health Management Systems for Solid Rocket Motors Imaging System Aperture Masks for Image Plane Exit Pupil Characterization Nanostructure Sensing and Transmission of Gas Data Multicolor Detectors for Ultrasensitive Long-Wave Imaging Cameras Electro-Optic Segment- Segment Sensors for Radio and Optical Telescopes Electronics & Computers Connect Global Positioning System RF Module Miniature EVA Software Defined Radio Simple Cell Balance Circuit Remotely Accessible Testbed for Software Defined Radio Development Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Command and Data Handling Flight Electronics Subsystem Products Products Product of the Month: WiPry-Combo Photonics Tech Briefs Briefs Optical Communications Receiver Low-Noise, Large-Area Quad Photoreceivers Based on Low-Capacitance Quad Photodiodes Wavefront Sensing Analysis of Grazing Incidence Optical Systems RxGen General Optical Model Prescription Generator Applications Designing COTS LCD Displays For Rugged Applications Articles Mode-Field Diameter and “Spot Size” Measurements of Lensed and Tapered Specialty Fibers Products Organic Solar Cell Metal Adapter LED Driver ICs Laser Welding System Tunable Short-Pulse Laser Camera Platform CMOS Cameras Custom Optical Mirrors USB Laser Control System CoaXPress Digital Cameras Solar Module Encapsulant Camera with USB 2.0 Interface Non-Contact Laser Scanner Evaluation Module Imaging Technology Articles Real 3D Visualization: The Promise of Virtual Holography Benchtop Imaging Devices: Making Fluorescence Microscopy More Accessible Applications Software Toolkit Inspects Automotive Components Products Split Camera Contrast Sensors Near-Infrared Camera Programmable Camera Infrared Zoom Lens Embedded Vision System Vision System Software Development Toolkit Lighting Technology Briefs Micro-Cavity Arrays Retail Merchandise Tracking System Applications Covert Aircraft Landing Lights Aircraft Cockpit and Cabin Lighting Night Vision Compatible LED Indicators Articles LED Packaging with Silicone Encapsulants Bringing the Heat Products Power Supplies Step-Up Converter LED Driver Selection Tool Film Capacitors LED Flash Controller Infrared Emitters Indicator LEDs Low/Mid Power LEDs Fiber Optic Light Module Tech for License Extensible Light-Sensing LED Array Heterocycles for Use in Electronic Devices Research News Band Gap Discovery Could Improve LED Performance View the discussion thread.