September 1, 2012 NASA Tech Briefs - September 2012 - Vol. 36 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 NASA Begins a New Journey of Exploration Talking Mars The Technology of Curiosity An Ionic Twist on Hair Care Industry Contributions to Mars Rover Who's Who Steve Gaddis, Program Director for NASA Space Technology's Game Changing Development Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA Application Briefs CAD/CAE Software Enables NASA to Head Back to Mars Tech Briefs Mechanics & Machinery Modular, Rapid Propellant Loading System/Cryogenic Testbed Compact, Low-Force, Low-Noise Linear Actuator Loop Heat Pipe With Thermal Control Valve as a Variable Thermal Link Process for Measuring Over-Center Distances Mars Technology Rover with Arm-Mounted Percussive Coring Tool, Microimager, and Sample-Handling Encapsulation Containerization Subsystem Materials Resin-Impregnated Carbon Ablator: A New Ablative Material for Hyperbolic Entry Speeds Self-Cleaning Particulate Prefilter Media Polyurea-Based Aerogel Monoliths and Composites Manufacturing & Prototyping Lightweight Metal Matrix Composite Segmented for Manufacturing High-Precision Mirrors Plasma Treatment To Remove Carbon From Indium UV Filters 3D Printing with FDM: Real Parts, Real Possibilities Physical Sciences Lightweight, Miniature Inertial Measurement System Optical Density Analysis of X-Rays Utilizing Calibration Tooling to Estimate Thickness of Parts Measurement Techniques for Clock Jitter Fuel Cell/ Electrochemical Cell Voltage Monitor Anomaly Detection Techniques With Real Test Data From a Spinning Turbine Engine-Like Rotor Measuring Air Leaks Into the Vacuum Space of Large Liquid Hydrogen Tanks Antenna Calibration and Measurement Equipment Vision-Aided Autonomous Landing and Ingress of Micro Aerial Vehicles Whispering Gallery Mode Optomechanical Resonator Self-Sealing Wet Chemistry Cell for Field Analysis Multiplexed Force and Deflection Sensing Shell Membranes for Robotic Manipulators Bio-Medical Beat-to-Beat Blood Pressure Monitor Developing Physiologic Models for Emergency Medical Procedures Under Microgravity Improving Balance Function Using Low Levels of Electrical Stimulation of the Balance Organs Hands-Free Transcranial Color Doppler Probe Portable Intravenous Fluid Production Device for Ground Use Adaptation of a Filter Assembly to Assess Microbial Bioburden of Pressurant Within a Propulsion System PMA-Linked Fluorescence for Rapid Detection of Viable Bacterial Endospores Electronics & Computers Telerobotics Workstation (TRWS) for Deep Space Habitats Single-Pole Double-Throw MMIC Switches for a Microwave Radiometer On Shaft Data Acquisition System (OSDAS) Flexible Architecture for FPGAs in Embedded Systems Fault-Tolerant, Real-Time, Multi-Core Computer System Products Products Product of the Month: Dell Precision M4700 and M6700 Photonics Tech Briefs Briefs Glass Solder Approach for Robust, Low-Loss, Fiber-to- Waveguide Coupling General MACOS Interface for Modeling and Analysis for Controlled Optical Systems ASIC Readout Circuit Architecture for Large Geiger Photodiode Arrays Applications Photovoltaic Tracking Control Systems Articles Digital Imaging Systems for Ballistics Testing Products Blue Tunable Laser Smart Camera Optical Matrix Switch DC Cabling Machinable Glass Ceramic Fiber-Pigtailed Laser Digital Laser Diode Driver CMOS Cameras Diode Laser Bars Silicone Solar Cables Near-Infrared Photon Counter InGaAs Camera Fiber Optic Connector Cleaning Tools Imaging Technology Articles 3D Visualization in Geospatial Analysis The GigE Vision® Interface Standard: Transforming Medical Imaging Products Imaging Sensor GigE Vision Cameras Digital High-Speed Cameras CCD Scientific Cameras Human-Machine Interface 3D Visualization Infrared Camera Lighting Technology Briefs Efficient Optical Spectroscopy of Single Solid-State Quantum Emitters 'Metamaterials,' Quantum Dots Show Promise for New Technologies Applications World’s Largest LED Media Sign Debuts In Las Vegas Articles The Future Looks Dimmer Specifying Gaskets for Outdoor LED Lighting Fixtures Products LED Lamp LED Drivers Thermal Protection Devices Phase-Dimmable LED Driver LED Luminaires LED Molding and Extrusion Compounds Floodlight Wash Fixture High Bay LED Fixtures LED Driver Catalog Tech for License Organometallic Materials with Unique Optical Properties Device Structure for High Efficiency LED Research News Researchers Study How to Avoid Charge Traps in Plastic Electronics New ‘Spintronic’ LED Technology Promises Brighter TV and Computer Displays Software Tech Briefs Articles Simulation Leads to Better Cooling of Electronic Components in Toyota Hybrid Vehicles Briefs Conjugate Heat Transfer Surface Plasmon Resonance Software Creates and Analyzes Lightning Protection Solutions for Wind Turbines Computing Radiative Transfer in a 3D Medium Water Detection Based on Object Reflections SATPLOT for Analysis of SECCHI Heliospheric Imager Data Low-Cost Telemetry System for Small/Micro Satellites Plug-in Plan Tool v126.96.36.199 Architectural Implementation of NASA Space Telecommunications Radio System Specification Autonomous Rover Traverse and Precise Arm Placement on Remotely Designated Targets Operator Interface and Control Software for the Reconfigurable Surface System Tri-ATHLETE Nonlinear Estimation Approach to Real-Time Georegistration from Aerial Images Optimal Force Control of Vibro-Impact Systems for Autonomous Drilling Applications Journal and Wave Bearing Impedance Calculation Software Scalable Integrated Multi-Mission Support System (SIMSS) Simulator Release 2.0 for GMSEC Linked-List-Based Multibody Dynamics (MBDyn) Engine Frequency Correction for MIRO Chirp Transformation Spectroscopy Spectrum Jet and Tropopause Products for Analysis and Characterization (JETPAC) Multi-Mission Power Analysis Tool (MMPAT) Version 3 Jupiter Environment Tool WGM Temperature Tracker Large Terrain Continuous Level of Detail 3D Visualization Tool Earth-Science Data Co-Locating Tool Algorithms for Determining Physical Responses of Structures Under Load CometQuest: A Rosetta Adventure Mission Analysis, Operations, and Navigation Toolkit Environment (Monte) Version 040 Tiled WMS/KML Server V2 Where’s My Data — WMD Dig Hazard Assessment Using a Stereo Pair of Cameras Mars Express Forward Link Capabilities for the Mars Relay Operations Service (MaROS) FERMI/GLAST Integrated Trending and Plotting System Release 5.0 Scalable Integrated Multi-Mission Support System Simulator Release 3.0 Policy-Based Negotiation Engine for Cross-Domain Interoperability SE-FIT WMS Server 2.0 High-Performance Modeling and Simulation of Anchoring in Granular Media for NEO Applications Mobile Multi-System Overview Ascent/Descent Software I-FORCAST: Rapid Flight Planning Tool Leveraging Cloud Computing to Improve Storage Durability, Availability, and Cost for MER Maestro View the discussion thread.