September 1, 2014 NASA Tech Briefs - September 2014 - Vol. 38 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 Products of Tomorrow: September 2014 Robots are (Almost) People, Too Satellite Data Monitors Nation’s Forests Who's Who Dr. Ajay Koshti, Lead Nondestructive Evaluation Engineer, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX Application Briefs NASA Uses Analysis Software to Assess Orion Crew Module Heat Shield Tech Briefs Mechanics & Machinery Universal Mechanical Testers for Tribology Testing in the Automotive Industry Fail-Safe Accumulator for Internal Active Thermal Control Loops Rocket Vent Design With Variable Flow Control and Rain Protection Turbo-Brayton Converter for Fission Surface Power Applications Vibration Ring Locomotion of Amorphous Surface Robots Fluid Disconnect Cooling Technique Information Sciences Non-Binary Protograph-Based LDPC Codes for Short Block Lengths Method Resolves Algebraic Loops While Improving Accuracy and Reducing Runtime Materials Toughened Uni-piece Fibrous Reinforced Oxidation-Resistant Composite (TUFROC) High-Efficiency Tantalum-Based Ceramic Composite Structures Use of Solvent-Free Conditions/Dry Mixing for Functionalizing Carbon Nanotubes Synthesis of Novel Copoly(alkyl ether imide)s With Unique Surface Properties Inkjet-Assisted Creation of Self-Healing Layers Between Composite Plies Manufacturing & Prototyping Durable Joining Technology for Uniformly-Curved Composite Sandwich Structures Ohmic Contact to N- and P-Type Silicon Carbide Flap Edge Noise Reduction Fins Physical Sciences Photogrammetric Recession Measurement Tissue-Equivalent Radiation Dosimeteron-a-Chip with Plastic Scintillation Material Measurement of Cryogenic Fluid Level with Laser Propagation and Surface Floor Reflection Video Acuity Measurement System Heat-Flow Probe Design and Development Bio-Medical Managing Post-Traumatic Pain With Ultrasound Neuromodulation HeartBeatID – Heart Electrical Actions as Biometric Indicia Cryogenic Grinding for Mechanical Abrasion for Hardy Endospores Making Mesh Buckypaper Capsules for Transplantation of Cells and Implantation of Medical Devices Electronics & Computers Dust Removal from Solar Cells Minimally Obstructed Communication via Acoustic Modems in Fluid-Filled Pipes Biofeedback System for Optimal Athletic Performance Methods for Clock and Reset Synchronization in a CMOS Integrated Circuit Wideband MMIC Distributed Amplifier-Based Microwave Power Module Communication Monitoring System for Enhanced Situational Awareness Products Products Product of the Month: September 2014 Photonics Tech Briefs Briefs Solar Pumped Fiber Laser for Solar Sail Propulsion and Remote Power Transfer ELID Grinding of Large Aspheres Systems and Methods for Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Sensing Applications Securing and Validating Critical Vision Data Articles Unique Camera Gauge System Controls Spring Manufacturing Products Product of the Month: Fiber Optic Sensing System High-Power Laser Fiber Packaging Single Crystal Chemical Vapor Deposition Diamond Image-Based Code Reader Optical Fiber Cleaver Miniaturized Sensor Imaging Technology Articles Prepping Advanced Driver Assistance for Mainstream Vehicles Products Microscope Camera Microscope Confocal Module Gigabit Ethernet Camera Thermal Imaging Surveillance System Embedded System for Machine Vision GigE Smart Camera CMOS Cameras Motion Control and Automation Technology Articles Selecting the Proper Motor for Linear Motion Applications Design Considerations for Gearmotors in Long-Life Applications Ring Motors - Design Flexibility for Innovative Configurations Applications Wing-Flapping Aircraft Hovers and Flies Software Tech Briefs Articles Emerging Trends in Engineering Simulation Briefs Designing Reliable Robots for Moon Exploration Designing Smaller Magnets for the Large Hadron Collider Electrical Calibration Source for Next-Generation Oscilloscope Composite Sports Car Body Design Simulation and Visualization of Elastodynamics in Time- Evolving Generalized Curvilinear Coordinates 3D Finite Element Model of Magnetic Mirror and Nano Antenna Toolbox for Modeling and Analysis of Thermodynamic Systems (T-MATS) Advanced Numerical Tools for Design and Analysis of In-Space Valve and Feed Systems Method for Visualization of Analog Signals Time-Multiplexed Pipelined FFT Implementation Method for Authorizing Critical Effector Commands in a Space-Based Integrated Modular Avionics System Fully Configurable Interrupt Controller Using a Multicast File Transfer Protocol to Update the Firmware of Multiple Embedded Devices Simultaneously Model of Radiation Effects on Electronics (MREE) Development of an Analytical Parameterized Linear Lateral Dynamic Model for an Aerobot Airship Algorithm Enhancements to Powered Descent Guidance Software Using Describing Functions for Aeroservoelastic Models with Free-Play Design Environment for Multi-Fidelity and Multi-Disciplinary Components Shipping Foam Designer Software Evolutionary Mission Trajectory Generator Visual International Space Station Configuration Viewing Tool Two-Equation Turbulence Models for Application to Internal Flow Through Pneumatic Valves Multi-Species Turbulent Mixing Under Supercritical-Pressure Conditions A Model of Reduced Oxidation Kinetics Using Constituents and Species Determining Radiation Shielding Capability of the Earth’s Atmosphere from FAA Radiation Data Integrated Space Weather Analysis System (iSWA) Automatic Localization of MSL Rover Mosaics in HiRISE Imagery SAM/MSL Terrestrial Background Spectral Library Efficient Spectral Endmember Detection Onboard Spacecraft Ray Tracing Model and Software for a Focused IR Lamp Heating System Using the Web Sockets Full-Duplex Communication Channel to Display Real-Time Sensor Data via Standard Web Browser Earth Now Mobile Phone App PACIFIC: Process Algebra Capture of Intent from Information Content Analytical Expression of Elevation-Dependent Relative Air Mass for Atmospheric Extinction Simulations Quantification of Trace Chemicals Using the Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Monitor Improved Math Model for Multiphoto Measurement Systems Multipurpose Attitude and Pointing System (MAPS) Version 6.2 Global Elevation Data Adaptive Compression Algorithms Cassini Science Planning and Sequencing Team Final Sequence Approval Document Generator (Autodoc) Exploration Visualization Environment Mississippi Evacuation and Traveler’s Assistance (MSETA) Software Cloud Computing for Science Data Processing in Support of Emergency Response Simulating Images of a Rising or Setting Sun Partition Level Application Test for Orion (PLATO) View the discussion thread.