January 1, 2016 NASA Tech Briefs - January 2016 - Vol. 40 No. 1 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 Application Briefs Robot Simulation Software Lets NASA Study Conditions on Planetary Surfaces Radiation Detectors Help NASA Understand Planets from Orbiters and Landers Who's Who MEET NASA'S PLANETARY PROTECTION OFFICER Dr. Catherine A. Conley, Planetary Protection Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC Articles Products of Tomorrow: January 2016 Next-Generation Electronics Innovations for NASA’s Space and Commercial Future 3D Endoscope Boosts Safety and Cuts Cost of Surgery Tech Briefs Machinery & Automation Contact State Estimation for Multi-Finger Robot Hands Using Particle Filters Tendon-Driven Finger, Wrist, and Thumb Actuation System Visual-Aided Inertial Navigation for Computationally Constrained Aerial Vehicles Robotic Surgical Devices, Systems, and Related Methods Ship Classification Using Gnostic Fields Tension-Stiffened and Tendon-Actuated Space Manipulators NASA Tensegrity Robotics Toolkit (NTRT) v1 RoboSimian Software System from the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals Manufacturing & Prototyping Thermal Spraying of Coatings Using Resonant Pulsed Combustion Plasma Treatments to Assist Fluid Manipulation in Microgravity Stencil-less Jet Printing for PCB Assembly In-Situ Mixing, Degassing, Decavitation, and Extrusion Modules for Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printers Information Sciences DRAT: A Distributed Release Audit Tool Graphical Input-Output Visualization Tool for DAVE-ML Models Synchronization and Visualization of Arbitrary Streams (SAVORS) Using a Moderate Ionospheric Storm Detector to Improve WAAS Availability JLAB Tracking Tool (JTRAK) Orbital Mechanics Simulation Program for Educational Outreach Mechanics & Machinery Miniature, Multi-Functional, Self-Braking Vehicle Pulse-Echo Probe Mounting Fixture for Blind Alignment on Pipes Zero-Gravity Mobile Robot Using ON/OFF Adhesive Pads and Inchworm Mechanism Passive Mechanism for Maintaining Tension at a Spool to Within a Given Window Aluminum Gas Tungsten Arc Orbital Tube Welding Electronics & Computers Ultra-High-Power W-Band/F-Band Schottky Diode-Based Frequency Multipliers FPGA Reconfiguration with Accelerated Bitstream Relocation Real-Time LiDAR Signal Processing FPGA Modules Advanced, Ultra-Low-Loss, High-Frequency Package Module Sensors/Data Acquisition Improved Ground Collision Avoidance System for General Aviation Aircraft and UAVs Programmable Linear Position Sensors Leverage Inductive Technology Polarizing Sun Sensor Three-Axis Sun Sensor for Attitude Determination Venus Heat Flux Sensor RFID Waveguide, Antenna, and Cavity Sensors Sensor Planning Service for Submitting Requests to Task the EO-1 Transparent and Ubiquitous Sensing Technology Position Sensing and Formation Flying Using Optical Beacons Multiple-Frequency-Band Software-Defined Radiometer Aerospace Station/Orbiter Multibody Berthing/Docking Analysis Tool (SOMBAT) Flight Deck Predicted Weather Display and Decision Support Interface Timed Injection of Simulation Data via Redundant Network Ports in Time Triggered Ethernet (TTE) Systems Method of Performing Computational Aeroelastic Analyses Graphical Acoustic Liner Design and Analysis Tool Open Vehicle Sketch Pad Products Product of the Month: January 2016 Product of the Month: January 2016 High-Temperature Epoxy Acrylate-Based Sealants Ceramic Adhesive High-Strength Epoxy Solder Paste Plastic Bonding Adhesive Pressure Transmitters Shock Recorder Data Analysis Software Welding Simulator Plastic Enclosures Prototyping Platform Spring Connectors Photonics & Imaging Technology LOGIN TO DOWNLOAD Subscribe to future issues. SUBSCRIBE Briefs Thermal Cycle Qualification of Radiated Solar Arrays for 50 to 133 K Temperatures in Vacuum Downhole Regolith Interrogation with Helium-Assisted Drill and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Large, High-Speed, Precision Optic Indexing Wheel Web-Based Search Service to Support Imaging Spectrometer Instrument Operations Hermetic Phototube Housing Design, Fabrication, and Test of WFIRST/AFTA GRISM Assembly Spinal Ultrasound Just-in-Time Training Tool Wide-Spectrum Organic Mass Spectrometer Using Far-Ultraviolet Ionization Applications Manufacturing OLED Lighting ‘Internal Fingerprint’ Imaging Offers Deeper Authentication Articles AEGIS Imaging Software Unearths Mars Rocks Hybrid Technology Advances Laser Material Processing SPIE Photonics West 2016 Preview Products THz-TDS and THZ-FDS Imaging Systems Frame Grabbers Design Software FPGA Support for GigE Vision IP Cores Infrared Cameras Dual Wavelength Excitation Light Source Frame Grabbers Vision Sensors Infrared Cameras Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope USB 3.0 Cameras High-Speed Cameras Scientific CMOS Cameras CMOS Cameras Open Source Software Spectral Test Station Area-Scan Cameras View the discussion thread.