December 1, 2012 NASA Tech Briefs - December 2012 - Vol. 36 No. 12 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 Awards 2012 Software of the Year Economic Development Done Right Who's Who Dr. Carlos Calle, Lead Scientist, Electrostatics and Surface Physics Lab, Kennedy Space Center, FL Application Briefs Image Sensors Enable Curiosity to Capture High-Definition Images From Mars Thermoelectric Cooler Helps Maintain Curiosity’s Temperature Tech Briefs Mechanics & Machinery JWST Lifting System Next-Generation Tumbleweed Rover Information Sciences Numerical Simulation of Rocket Exhaust Interaction With Lunar Soil Motion Imagery and Robotics Application (MIRA): Standards-Based Robotics Particle Filtering for Model- Based Anomaly Detection in Sensor Networks Software Description and User Instructions for the Quaternion_to_orbit_v3 Software AdapChem Extended Testability Analysis Tool Interactive 3D Mars Visualization Software Modules for the Proximity-1 Space Link Interleaved Time Synchronization (PITS) Protocol Rapid Diagnostics of Onboard Sequences Mars Relay Lander and Orbiter Overflight Profile Estimation MER Telemetry Processor pyam: Python implementation of YaM Manufacturing & Prototyping Archway for Radiation and Micrometeorite Occurrence Resistance Process for Patterning Indium for Bump Bonding Composite With In Situ Plenums Pneumatic System for Concentration of Micrometer-Size Lunar Soil Physical Sciences 4D Light Field Imaging System Using Programmable Aperture Membrane Shell Reflector Segment Antenna Radio Frequency Plasma Discharge Lamps for Use as Stable Calibration Light Sources Device and Container for Reheating and Sterilization High-Speed Transport of Fluid Drops and Solid Particles via Surface Acoustic Waves Compact Autonomous Hemispheric Vision System A Distributive, Non-Destructive, Real-Time Approach to Snowpack Monitoring Ka-band Digitally Beamformed Airborne Radar Using SweepSAR Technique Multi-Beam Approach for Accelerating Alignment and Calibration of HyspIRI-Like Imaging Spectrometers Electronics & Computers Pattern Generator for Bench Test of Digital Boards Feedback Augmented Sub-Ranging (FASR) Quantizer 670-GHz Down- and Up-Converting HEMT-Based Mixers Real-Time Distributed Embedded Oscillator Operating Frequency Monitoring Lidar Electro-Optic Beam Switch with a Liquid Crystal Variable Retarder Products Products Product of the Month: Release 2012b Imaging Technology Articles Using Multispectral Imaging for Ecological Observations USB 3.0: Addressing New Challenges in Machine Vision Applications The Eyes of the Mars Curiosity Rover Motion Control and Automation Technology Articles Factors to Consider When Selecting and Specifying LVDT Linear Position Sensors Applications Connectors Enable Precise Movement of Lunar Robotic Tool Changer Products CNC Machine Controllers Automation Control Platform Harmonic Gearhead Helical Gearbox Microstepping Drive Position Sensor Positioning Stages Linear Guides Robotics Simulation Software Linear Shaft Supports Speed Controls Linear Motion Platform DC Micromotors Drives Motor Drive Transistors Motion and Automation Control Rod-Style Actuators Linear Positioning Stages Linear Actuator Brush Motors Embedded Technology Articles Transitioning Application Platforms to Sandy Bridge Strong-ARMing The Market View the discussion thread.