September 1, 2008 NASA Tech Briefs - September 2008 - Vol. 32 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 Embedded Computing Options Meet Rugged Industrial Requirements NASA Awards 2007 Software of the Year Who's Who Dr. Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS Principal Investigator, Ames Research Center Application Briefs Image Sensors Provide Mission-Critical Data for Space Flight Image of Spacecraft Landing on Mars Captured by Image Sensors Books & Reports Progress in Acoustic Transmission of Power Through Walls Stochastic Analysis of Orbital Lifetimes of Spacecraft Lightweight Carbon-Carbon High-Temperature Space Radiator Tech Briefs Semiconductors & ICs HEMT Amplifiers and Equipment for Their On-Wafer Testing On-Wafer Measurement of a Silicon-Based CMOS VCO at 324 GHz Mechanics & Machinery Alignment Pins for Assembling and Disassembling Structures A New, Highly Improved Two-Cycle Engine Flexible Structural-Health-Monitoring Sheets Microgravity, Mesh-Crawling Legged Robots Advanced Active-Magnetic-Bearing Thrust-Measurement System Thermally Actuated Hydraulic Pumps Information Sciences Toward Better Modeling of Supercritical Turbulent Mixing JPEG 2000 Encoding With Perceptual Distortion Control Intelligent Integrated Health Management for a System of Systems Delay Banking for Managing Air Traffic Spline-Based Smoothing of Airfoil Curvatures Reducing Spaceborne-Doppler-Radar Rainfall-Velocity Error Materials Directed Growth of Carbon Nanotubes Across Gaps Nanotip Carpets as Antireflection Surfaces Nano-Engineered Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells Capillography of Mats of Nanofibers Making More-Complex Molecules Using Superthermal Atom/Molecule Collisions Improved Silica Aerogel Composite Materials Manufacturing & Prototyping Improved Gas Filling and Sealing of an HC-PCF Thermal Spray Formation of Polymer Coatings Physical Sciences Near-Field Spectroscopy With Nanoparticles Deposited by AFM Simplified Modeling of Oxidation of Hydrocarbons Hard-X-Ray/Soft-γ-Ray Imaging Sensor Assembly for Astronomy Hyperspectral Fluorescence and Reflectance Imaging Instrument Light Collimator and Monitor for a Spectroradiometer Bio-Medical Purifying Nucleic Acids From Samples of Extremely Low Biomass Adjustable-Viewing-Angle Endoscopic Tool for Skull Base and Brain Surgery UV-Resistant Non-Spore-Forming Bacteria From Spacecraft-Assembly Facilities Electronics & Computers High-Voltage, Asymmetric-Waveform Generator Group-III Nitride Field Emitters Magic-T Junction Using Microstrip/Slotline Transitions Products Products Capacitive Sensor Linear Arrays Photonics Tech Briefs Briefs Transmissive Diffractive Optical Element Solar Concentrators Nematic Cells for Digital Light Deflection Ultra-Stable Beacon Source for Laboratory Testing of Optical Tracking Delaying Trains of Short Light Pulses in WGM Resonators Improving the Optical Quality Factor of the WGM Resonator Applications Nanophotonics Principles and Applications Articles Using Laser Vibrometry to Validate Gossamer Space Structures Products Product of the Month: LED Light Source UV Spectral Metal Coating Laser Diode Driver and Temperature Controller Picosecond Cold Processing Laser Diode Pumped Gain Module Display Production Test Sequencer Laser Diode Controller Flat Panel Heaters Radhard Fiber Optic Cable Galvanometer Mirrors Optical Edge Filters Turnkey Diode Laser System Fiber Optic Rotary Encoder LED-Based Backlights Spectral Irradiance Meter Reflective Electro-Absorption Modulator InGaAs Pin Photodiodes Lasers Single Mode Coupler/Splitter DC-AC Inverter Wavelength Stabilized Lasers Optical Communication System Design Tool Precision Filament Supply DC/DC Converter Ceramic Capacitor Imaging Technology Articles Infrared Radiation Detectors for Thermographic Imaging Applications Real-Time Web-Based Image Distribution Using an Airborne GPS/Inertial Image Server Products In-Camera GigE Board Gigabit Ethernet Cameras Wide-VGA Cameras Image Processing Software Thermal Imaging Camera Camera Electronics Machine Vision Cameras CMOS USB Camera Embedded Technology Articles Modeling System Architecture and Resource Constraints Using Discrete-Event Simulation RapidIO vs. Ethernet A Practical Technical Comparison Designing Software Radio Systems With FPGAs Interview with Ray Alderman, Executive Director of VITA Applications Multiphysics Modeling Simplifies Analysis of Electrical and Electromagnetic Effects Front Panel Hardware Considerations For ATCA, AMC, and MicroTCA Telecom Equipment Products System-On-Module Standard FPGA Mezzanine Card Module MCU/iChip Evaluation Board 1U MicroTCA Platform Fiber Optic Bus Extension Systems Ruggedized MicroTCA Chassis Multi-core Industrial Servers Software Tech Briefs Briefs Geophysical Wave Propagation Calculation Using Multiphysics Simulating the Manufacturing Process of Ceramic Matrix Composites 3D Program Aids Design of Custom Iron Work Displaying CFD Solution Parameters on Arbitrary Cut Planes Flow Solver for Incompressible 2-D Drive Cavity Flow Solver for Incompressible Rectangular Domains Simulating Avionics Upgrades to the Space Shuttles Simulating the Phoenix Landing Radar System Injecting Artificial Memory Errors Into a Running Computer Program Fault-Tolerant, Multiple-Zone Temperature Control Implementing a Digital Phasemeter in an FPGA Post-Flight Estimation of Motion of Space Structures: Part 1 Post-Flight Estimation of Motion of Space Structures: Part 2 Simulating Operation of a Large Turbofan Engine Automated Assistance for Designing Active Magnetic Bearings Computational Simulation of a Water-Cooled Heat Pump Computational Model of Heat Transfer on the ISS Optimization of Angular-Momentum Biases of Reaction Wheels Short- and Long-Term Propagation of Spacecraft Orbits Monte Carlo Simulation To Estimate Likelihood of Direct Lightning Strikes Adaptive MGS Phase Retrieval Predicting Boundary-Layer Transition on Space-Shuttle Re-Entry Calculations for Calibration of a Mass Spectrometer Simulating the Gradually Deteriorating Performance of an RTG 2D/3D Synthetic Vision Navigation Display Automated Camera Array Fine Calibration Multichannel Networked Phasemeter Readout and Analysis MISR Instrument Data Visualization Platform for Postprocessing Waveform-Based NDE System for Continuous Delivery of MODIS Imagery to Internet Mapping Applications Automatic Rock Detection and Mapping from HiRISE Imagery Parallel Computing for the Computed-Tomography Imaging Spectrometer Processing LiDAR Data To Predict Natural Hazards Rock Segmentation Through Edge Regrouping DSN Array Simulator Estimating Software-Development Costs With Greater Accuracy Visual Target Tracking on the Mars Exploration Rovers Parametric-Studies and Data-Plotting Modules for the SOAP Testing of Error-Correcting Sparse Permutation Channel Codes SPICE Module for the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP) Enhanced Reporting of Mars Exploration Rover Telemetry Facilitating Analysis of Multiple Partial Data Streams Service-Oriented Architecture for NVO and TeraGrid Computing Mars 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