Keyword: Scale models

Briefs: Software
Reaction Wheel Disturbance Model Extraction Software — RWDMES

The RMDMES is a tool for modeling the disturbances imparted on spacecraft by spinning reaction wheels. Reaction wheels are usually the largest disturbance source on a precision pointing spacecraft, and can be the dominating source of pointing error. Accurate knowledge of the...

Briefs: Software
MAGIC: Model and Graphic Information Converter

MAGIC is a software tool capable of converting highly detailed 3D models from an open, standard format, VRML 2.0/97, into the proprietary DTS file format used by the Torque Game Engine from GarageGames. MAGIC is used to convert 3D simulations from authoritative sources into the data needed to run...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Manufacturers that design, formulate and apply coatings have struggled for years to find a rigorous and easy-to-use method that reliably measures the color and appearance of...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
SGI® Altix® ICE system
Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI)
Sunnyvale, CA
800-800-7441
www.sgi.com

SGI has supplied NASA's Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA Ames...

Briefs: Information Technology
TCP/IP Interface for the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP)

The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) interface for the Satellite Orbit Analysis Program (SOAP) provides the means for the software to establish real-time interfaces with other software. Such interfaces can operate between two programs, either on the same...

Briefs: Information Technology

A computationally efficient method has been developed to enable optimization of the placement of sensors for the purpose of diagnosis of a complex engineering system (e.g., an aircraft or...

Eye on Innovation: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By Fielder Hiss
Director of Product
Management
Dassault Systèmes
SolidWorks Corp.
Concord, MA

Global...

Articles: Software

Software from Jet Propulsion Laboratory for detecting planets outside our solar system, and from Ames Research Center for defining safety margins for fiery spacecraft re-entries have been named...

Articles: Electronics & Computers

Optimizing system resource utilization is a key design objective for system engineers in communications, electronics, and other industries. System...

Articles: Photonics/Optics

NASA has been developing large ultra-lightweight structures commonly referred to as Gossamer space structures for many years to reduce launch costs and to exploit the unique...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Solar Power Industries' (SPI) current annual production capacity for processing polycrystalline silicon feedstock into completed solar cells has grown to 40 megawatts, with...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics

Thermal issues are dominating today’s electronic product design landscape as never before. It is easy to see this in Intel’s move to a multi-core architecture as a methodology to manage...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control

Robotics technology has made measurable strides in the last few years. Today’s robots can move with greater precision over a more flexible range of motion, while handling heavier payloads....

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

To camouflage an object is to hide it, conceal it so that it blends in with the surrounding environment. For the military, it’s a tactical necessity and can make the difference between a...

Articles: Imaging

The development of a robotic random bin picking system that translates to a real-world factory application has received attention for more than 30 years, and has been called by some the...

Eye on Innovation: Electronics & Computers
Larry Lukis
Founder and CTO
Proto Labs, Inc.
Maple Plain, MN

Proto Labs is a quick-response custom manufacturer that provides design engineers with prototypes of...

Articles: Software

CAD software has come a long way in terms of ease of use, interoperability, speed, and capabilities. But there is still a long way to go. We spoke to executives at leading CAD software companies to...

Articles: Imaging

The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) at the University of Limerick in Ireland created a generic solution for underwater development. During...

Briefs: Information Technology
NASA Enterprise Visual Analysis

NASA Enterprise Visual Analysis (NEVA) is a computer program undergoing development as a successor to Launch Services Analysis Tool (LSAT), formerly known as Payload Carrier Analysis Tool (PCAT). NEVA facilitates analyses of proposed configurations of payloads and packing fixtures (e.g. pallets) in a space shuttle...

Application Briefs: Motion Control

Tractair Ltd., based in Brough, UK, designs, manufactures and installs air and hydraulic brake systems for special applications. The company works closely with the design engineers of...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NIRSpec STM Focal Plane Detector
ITT Corp.
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled for...

Briefs: Software

Patented in 1991, friction stir welding (FSW) has since been used widely to create strong joints in aluminum alloys. The aircraft industry has started to adapt this...

Briefs: Software
Parallel-Processing Software for Correlating Stereo Images

A computer program implements parallel-processing algorithms for correlating images of terrain acquired by stereoscopic pairs of digital stereo cameras on an exploratory robotic vehicle (e.g., a Mars rover). Such correlations are used to create three-dimensional computational models of...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Railguns, which propel a projectile using electromagnetic forces instead of chemical explosions, promise to revolutionize projectile launchers. Such guns have...

Briefs: Information Technology

A method of automated design of complex, modular robots involves an evolutionary process in which generative representations of designs are used. The term "generative representations"...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
By Steve Luby
President & Chief Executive Officer
VISTAGY, Inc.
Waltham, MA

Today, every company is searching for a sustainable competitive advantage, and getting great...

Briefs: Physical Sciences

An improved statistical model has been developed to describe the chemical composition of an evaporating multicomponent- liquid drop and of the mixture of gases surrounding the drop....

Application Briefs: Software
Rational Rose Real-time visual modeling development software
IBM
Armonk, NY
914-766-1362
www.ibm.com/software/rational

Set to launch by 2013, the James...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping

In today’s competitive marketplace, manufacturers need suppliers who not only deliver the parts required to build a product, but those who deliver support and consultation on how best to...