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Norden Huang (Code 971) accepts the NASA Government Invention of the Year Award from Administrator Sean O’Keefe (right) and Paul Pastorek, General Counsel for NASA (left).

NASA Software of the Year Award

An annual award given by the Inventions and Contributions Board for NASA-developed software that has significantly enhanced the Agency’s performance of its mission and helped American industry maintain its world-class technology status.

WINNERS:

2005

  • Land Information System (LIS) v. 4.0: The LIS is a high-performance land surface modeling and data assimilation system based on Goddard's Land Data Assimilation Systems.

    Land surface models predict terrestrial water, energy, and biogeophysical processes critical for applications in weather and climate prediction, agricultural forecasting, water resources management, hazard mitigation and mobility assessment.

    The data used by LIS include:
    • Parameter data: Properties of the land surface that change on timesteps of a day or longer (e.g., soil, land cover, topography).
    • "Forcing" data: Atmospheric inputs to the land surface models, including precipitation, radiation, and surface winds, temperature, pressure, and humidity.

2003

  • SeaDAS: SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS): SeaWiFS is the Sea-Viewing Wide Field-of- View Sensor, an Earth-orbiting ocean color sensor gathering quantitative data on global ocean bio-optical properties to monitor various types and quantities of marine phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants).

    Since the beginning of the SeaWiFS project in 1991, a primary objective has been to provide the Earth science community with rapid and easy access to the sensor’s data as well as the tools to work with the data. The SeaDAS software package provides essential processing, display, analysis, and quality control functions for the data users.

    Feedback from the research community on SeaDAS’s performance has been extremely favorable. It has been accepted as the standard ocean color satellite analysis system by the international research community (over 500 user sites in nearly 50 countries) and other space agencies. The software also has been used by many commercial entities, including ORBIMAGE, which is developing commercial products from SeaWiFS data, and SeaSpace and Integral System, Inc., which use SeaDAS as part of their direct-broadcast ground stations.

2002

  • (Runner up) John Bristow and Dave Folta (and Al Hawkins, Greg Dell, and Keith Chapman of A.I. Solutions)-AutoCon: Autonomous Maneuver Control Flight Software: Developed to enable formation flying, AutoCon has two instantiations from a single code base, AutoCon-F or flight and AutoCon-G or ground. This technology reduces satellite operations costs and enables flying formations of satellites.

    Multiple satellite missions or formation flying obtain science that cannot be gathered by a single satellite. Formations enable stereo viewing, temporal and spatial resolution, multiple angle viewing and interferometry. Keeping satellites in formation, however, was a challenge. To satisfy spacecraft and mission constraints, maneuver planning required long hours from highly skilled analysts. AutoCon-G, with fuzzy logic and natural language, simplified this task. However, latency in formation control was still a concern and so AutoCon-F was developed. AutoCon-F plans maneuvers autonomously on-board, reducing cost and providing rapid response. AutoCon-F is a scaled AutoCon-G. Using the same code for flight and ground eases validation, and reduces risk. Control laws can be tested on the ground before uploading. Also, since AutoCon-F is object-oriented it supports uploads of new objects to evaluate new maneuver algorithms. AutoCon-F enabled NASA’s first ever satellite formation, EO-1/LandSat-7.

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NASA Government Invention of the Year Award

An annual agency award to honor government employees

WINNERS:

2003

  • Dr. Norden Huang-Hilbert-Huang Transform: HHT allows users to conduct more precise analysis of signal data than can be obtained from conventional Fourier-based methods. Designed specifically for processing nonlinear and nonstationary signals, HHT also can be used to analyze linear and stationary signals.

2001

  • John R. Kolasinski and Alexander Coleman-Optical Fiber Cable Chemical Stripping Fixture: This technology consists of a method and apparatus for chemically stripping an optical fiber cable of its coating without damaging the glass fiber inside. This is particularly useful for removing the hard, thin polyimide coatings that cannot be removed mechanically or thermally.

2000

  • Doug Leviton-Method and Apparatus for Ultra-High Sensitivity Incremental and Absolute Optical Encoding: These linear and rotary encoders use a CCD array to detect the relative and absolute position of an object by reading a microlithographic scale on the object. The award-winning technology enables these encoders to have higher sensitivity, read over longer distances, provide better measurements, and resist damage-all in a smaller package at a lower price.

1999

  • Charles Clagett-Reaction/momentum wheel: Developed for the Small Explorer program, the invention is a compact, high-torque, low-vibration device to stabilize and point satellites and other space vehicles. At the time of this award, the invention was successfully flying aboard three NASA satellites. The wheel had also been licensed to Ithaco Space Systems and Orbital Sciences, Inc., which sold its version of the invention commercially.

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NASA Software Release Award

An automatic monetary award given when software has been approved for public release by NASA

WINNERS:

2007

  • Adaptive Sensor Fleet (ASF) by Jeffrey Hosler (Code 588), Troy Ames (Code 588), and John Moisan (Code 614)
  • Advanced Land Image Assessment System (ALIAS) by Brian Markham, Douglas Hollaren, Jim Nelson, and James Storey (all Code 614)
  • Astronomer Proposal Tool by Tony Krueger (Code 600)
  • Balloon Ascent: 3D Simulation Tool for the Ascent and Float of High Altitude Balloons by Rodger Farley (Code 543)
  • Board Support Package for the RTEMS Real Time Operating System on the Motorola MCF5307C3 Processor Board by Alan Cudmore (Code 582)
  • CCSDS File Delivery Protocol (CFDP) Software Library by Timothy Ray (Code 584)
  • Core Flight Executive (cFE) by Alan Cudmore (Code 582), David Kobe (Code 582), Susanne Strege, (Code 582), Lonnie Walling (Code 582), Jonathan Wilmot (Code 582), Maureen Bartholomew (Code 582), Jane Marquart (Code 582), Michael Blau (Code 582), and David McComas (Code 582)
  • General Mission Analysis Tool by Linda Jun, Wendy Shoan, Waka Waktola, LaMontRuley, Monisha Butler, Allison Greene, Joey Gurganus, and Steven Hughes (all Code 583)
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) Enhanced Onboard Navigation System (GEONS) by Roger Hart (NASA LRC), Anne Long, and Taesul Lee (both Code 444)
  • GMSEC API by John Bristow (Code 583)
  • Goddard Dynamic Simulator by Stephen Leake (Code 582)
  • HDF-EOS2 And HDF-EOS5 Compatibility Library by John Bane (Code 586), Jinglie Yang (Code 586), and Richard Ullman (Code 586)
  • HDF-EOS Web Server by John Bane (Code 586), Jinglie Yang (Code 586), and RIchard Ullman (Code 586)
  • HDFEOS XML DTD and Schemas by Muhammad Rabi (Code 423)
  • Integrated Lunar Information Architecture For Decision Support (ILIADS) by Julia Loftis (Code 588), Karin Blank (Code 586), Carl Hostetter (Code 588), Peyush (Code 588), Richard Mullinix (Code 541), Jeffrey Hosler (Code 588), and Stephen Talabac (Code 582)
  • Integrated Test and Operations System Release 7-3 by Rober Rapp (Code 584), Brian Goldman (Code 584), Karen Keadle-Calvert (Code 584), and Warren Thompson (Code 584)
  • Interoperable Remote Component (IRC) Via the Astronomical Instrument Markup Language by Troy Ames, Carl Hostetter, Ken Sall, Craig Warsaw, and Lisa Neiman (all Code 588)
  • Integrated Vision-Based Systems for S/C Attitude and Topology Determination for Formation Flight mission by Raymond Zenick (Code 567) and Aaron Rogers (Code 567)
  • Iterative-Transform Phase-Retrieval Utilizing Adaptive Diversity by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • JAVA Astrodynamics Tool Kit (JAT) by Tobia Berthold (Code 600 and Norika Tanabe (Code 600)
  • Lightware by Stephen Horan and Thomas Shay (both Code 450)
  • Mercury Shopping Cart Interface (MSCI) by Robin Pfister (Code 417)
  • Modular Integrated Solution Toolkit (MIST) by Ernest Quintin (Code 584), Christopher Shuler (Code 584), and Robert Zepp (Code 584)
  • Navigation Accuracy Guidelines for Orbital Formation Flying by James Carpenter (Code 595)
  • NASA Forecast Model Web Map Service (NFMW) by Jeff De La Beaujardiere (Code 610)
  • PFUnit by Thomas Clune (Code 610.3) and Brice Womack (Code 610.3)
  • Real-Time Software Receiver by Mark Psiaki (Code 573), Paul Kintner (Code 573), and Steven Powell (Code 573)
  • Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processing Archive by Christopher Lynnes (Code 610.2) and Wrandle C. Barth (Code 610.2)
  • Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) Engineering Flight Software by Larry Shackelford (Code 590), Bruce Trout (Code 590), Stephen Leake (Code 582) and Steve Mann (Code 590)
  • TARA (Toolbox For Automated Registration And Analysis) A Web-Based Image Registration ToolBox by Ilya Zavorin (Code 588)
  • Toolbox for Automated Registration and Analysis (TARA) by Ilya Zavorin (Univ. of Maryland–Baltimore County)
  • User-Friendly Metadata by Richard Ullman (Code 586)
  • User-Friendly Metadater by Jingli Yang (Earth Resources Technology) and Zhangshi Yin (Global Science and Technology)
  • Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Command and Data Handling Flight Software by Alan Cudmore, Timothy Leath, Art Ferrer, Jay Miller, and Steve Slegel (all Code 582), and Emory Stagmer (Code 590)

2006

  • (1) HDF-EOS Extractor, (2) HDF-EOX Metadata Updater, (3) Metadata Check, and (4) User Friendly Metadater by Jingli Yang (Earth Resources Technology [ERT]) and Zhangshi Yin (Global Science and Technology [GST])
  • Distributed Guidance and Control System for Satellite Constellations by Chadwick Cox, Paul Mays, Richard Saeks, and James Neidhoefer (all with Accurate Automation Corp.)
  • Formation Flying Testbed Software Architecture and Implementation by John Higinbotham, David Gaylor, and Jason Mitchell (all with Emergent Space Technologies)
  • General Mission Analysis Tool by Edwin Dove (Code 595) and David Folta (Code 595)
  • Integrated Test and Operations System Release 7.3 by Warren Thompson (The Hammers Co.)
  • Global Change Master Directory’s MD9 by Lola Olsen (Code 610.2), Robert Northcutt (Global Systems and Technology), Christopher Gokey (Science Systems and Applications, Inc. [SSAI]), Rosy Cordova (SSAI), and Eugene Major (SSAI)
  • Goddard Mission Services Evolution Center (GMSEC) Architecture by John Bristow (Code 583), Jane Steck (Code 584), James Fessler (Lockheed Martin Space Operations), Robert Zepp (Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC]), Christopher Shuler (CSC), Brian Gregory (Interface & Control Systems), and Danford Smith (Code 581)
  • GMSEC Application Programming Interface by Arturo Mayorga (Code 583), Brian Gregory (Interface & Control Systems), and Christopher Shuler (CSC)
  • GMSEC Message Bus by John Bristow (Code 583) and Arturo Mayorga (Code 583)
  • Innovative Utilization of the Heap Data Structure for Efficient Determination of Best Merges for HSEG by James Tilton (Code 606.3)
  • Land Information System version 3.1 by James Geiger (Code 587), Paul Houser (George Mason Univ.), Sujay Kumar (Univ. of Maryland–Baltimore Co. [UMBC]), Luther Lighty (Code 587), Susan Olden (Code 586), Christa Peters-Lidard (Code 614.3) and Yudong Tian (UMBC)
  • LTM-LACE Task Manager by John Dorband (Code 695)
  • Matlab-Code V Toolkit by Mark Wilson (Code 551)
  • Method and System for Procedure Development and Verification by Formal Specifications Derived Mechanically from Informal Procedure Descriptions by Christopher Rouff (SAIC), Michael Hinchey (Code 581), James Rash (Code 581), and Denis Gracanin (Code 581)
  • Propellant Slosh Analysis for the Solar Dynamics Observatory by Paul Mason (Code 595) and Scott Starin (Code 595)
  • Radar Software Library (RSL) by Brad Fisher (Science Systems and Applications Inc. [SSAI]), David Wolff (SSAI), and Bart Kelley (George Mason Univ.)
  • Toolbox for Automated Registration and Analysis (TARA) by Nathan Netanyahu (Univ. of Maryland), Ezinne Uzo-Okoro (Code 612.2), Jeffrey Morisette (Code 614.5), Jacqueline LeMoigne (Code 588), Peyush Jain (Code 588), and Aimee Joshua (Code 588)
  • Trending and Plotting System by Robert Sodano (Code 581.1)
  • XML to ODL Converter by John Bane (GST) and Jingli Yang (ERT)

2005

  • (1) HDFEOS XML DTD and Scheams and (2) ODL to XML Converter by Muhammad Rabi (GST), Richard Ullman (Code 604), and Jinglie Yang (ERT)
  • (1) User Friendly Metadater, (2) Metadata Check, (3) HDF-EOS Metadata Updater, and (4) HDF-EOS Extractor by Richard Ullman (Code 604), Jinglie Yang (ERT), and Zhangshi Yin (GST)
  • (1) XML to HDF-EOS Converter, (2) HDF-EOS5 Validater, (3) HDF-EOS Web Server, (4) HDF-EOS2 and HDF-EOS5 Compatibility Library, (5) HDF-EOS To NetCDF Convertor, and (6) XML to ODL Converter by Bob Bane (GST), Richard Ullman (Code 604), and Jinglie Yang (Earth Resources Technology [ERT])
  • A Method and System for Procedure Development and Verification by Formal Specifications Derived Mechanically from Informal Procedure Descriptions by Mike Hinchey (Code 581), James Rash (Code 588), Christopher Rouff (Code 500), and Dennis Gracanin (Virginia Polytecnic University)
  • ACE (GSC-14911-1) by John Dorband
  • Adaptive Sensor Fleet (ASF) by Jeffrey Hosler (Code 588)
  • Analysis of Composite Shell (GSC-14756-1) by Gregory Clarke
  • AutoChem (GSC-14862-1) by David-Lary
  • Automated Segmentation of Insulin Granules from Scanning Electron Micrographs (SEM) of Rat Pancreatic Beta Cells by Murray Loew (691), Timothy McClanahan (Code 691), and Geoffrey Sharp (691)
  • Command Management Systems (GSC-14798-1) by Ron Kieckhefer
  • Core Command and Data Handling Component by Donald West (Code 681), et al.
  • Data Validation User Interface (DVUI): A Navigation/Discovery Client Via Earth Observing System ClearingHOuse (ECHO) by Beth Weinstein (Code 586)
  • Decomposition of High Order Transfer Functions (GSC-14868-1) by Eddie Akpan
  • Disturbance-Optics-Controls-Structures (DOCS) Toolbox by Carl Blaurock (MTC) and David Miller (MIT)
  • Fault Tolerant Digital Signal Processing (DSP) by Graham Stead (614)
  • Formation Flying Testbed Software Architecture and Implementation by Everett Cary (Code 591), David Gaylor (Code 595), Jason Mitchell (Code 591), John Higinbotham (Code 588)
  • General EQFlux (GSC-14791-1) by Edward Gaddy
  • GLAST ACD EGSE (GSC-14802-1) by Bruce Wendel
  • Integrated Structural Analysis and Test Program (GSC-14775-1) by Daniel Kaufman
  • Integrated Test and Operations System (GSC-14806-1) by Mark Richardson, Brian Goldman, Robert Rapp
  • Integrated Test and Operations System (Release 7-3) by Karen Calvert (Code 584), Warren Thompson (Code 444), Greg Greer (Code 584), Brian Goldman (Code 584), Mark Richardson (Code 584), and Robert Rapp (Code 584)
  • Java Application Shell (JAS) (GSC-14769-1) by Phil Miller, Jeremy Jones, Philip Wheeler, Carl Hostetter
  • LIS V.2 (GSC-14875-1) by Paul Houser, Sujay Kumar, Luther Lighty, Susan Olden, Christa Peters-Lidard, James Geiger, Yudong Tian
  • LIS V.4 (GSC-14997-1) by Paul Houser, Sujay Kumar, Luther Lighty, Susan Olden, Christa Peters-Lidard, James Geiger, Yudong Tian
  • Metric Analysis Tool (MAT) by Aaron Wilson (Code 180)
  • Navigation Accuracy Guidelines for Orbital Formation Flying by Kenneth Carpenter (Code 667)
  • Parallel Computing Tools for IDL by Peter Messmer (631) and Seth Veitzer (631)
  • Radio Software Library by Brad Fisher (SSAI), David Wolfe (SSAI), Bart Kelley (GMU)
  • SHARM (GSC-14838-1) by Alexei Lyapustin
  • Shuttle InfraRed Image Analysis Software (SIRIAS) (GSC-14852-1) by Donald Jennings, Brian Ottens, Bradford Parker
  • Simple Scalable Script Processor (GSC-14841-1) by Christopher Lynnes, Bruce Vollmer, Stephen Berrick, Michael Theobald
  • Software Metrics Analysis Tool (SMAT) by Phillip Merritt (Code 180)
  • Trending and Plotting System (TAPS) by Robert Sodano (Code 581)
  • Using IV and V Findings to Perform FSW Technical Assessments by Shirley Savirino (180), Scott Johnson (Code 180), Mike Beims (Code 180), Aileen Bisier (180), Ken McGill (Code 180), and Steve Pukansky (Code 180)

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NASA Tech Brief Article Award

A monetary award based on submission of an article published in NASA Tech Briefs.

WINNERS:

2007

  • Advanced Autonomous Lidar Instrument for Airborne Remote Sensing by Matthew McGill (Code 613.1) Scott Vibart (Code 694), and Luis Izquierdo (Code 694)
  • One-Dimensional Synthetic Aperture Microwave Systems by Peter Piepmeier (Code 555) and Terence Doiron (Code 555)
  • Finite-Element Computer Code for the Analysis of Composite Shell Structures by Gregory Clarke (Code 542)
  • Flow Solver for Incompressible 2-D Drive Cavity by Virginia Kalb (Code 614.5)
  • Flow Solver for Incompressible 2-D Rectangular Domains by Virginia Kalb (Code 614.5)
  • Improvement of Micro-channel Plates (MCPs) by Coating by Abdelhak Bensaoula and Abdelhakim Bensaoula (Integrated Micro Sensors, Inc.)
  • Lightwire by Thomas Shay (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces) and Stephen Horan (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces) (Code 450)
  • Micro-Resistojet for Small Satellites by Kurt Hohman (Code 597) and John Duggan (Code 597)
  • Mole Spectrometry by Barbara Zukowski (Code 543)
  • Parameterization of the POD-based Dynamical System Coefficients by Virginia Kalb (Code 614.5)
  • Planetary Balloon: Balloon Design Software by Rodger Farley (Code 546)
  • Simple, Cost-Effective Method of Mounting Filters for Cryogenic Applications by Jason Hylan (Code 551), Wahid Zewari (Code 544), and Raymond Ohl (Code 551)
  • Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processing Archive by Christopher Lynnes (Code 610.2) and Wrandle C. Barth (Code 610.2)
  • Smart, Flexible Sensory Skin With Integrated Sensors and Electronics by Jonathan Engel (University of Illinois)
  • Sprag Handle Wrench by John Vranish (Code 543)
  • Stabilization of a POD-based Dynamical System by Virginia Kalb (Code 614.5)
  • Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Command and Data Handling Flight Software by Timothy Leath (Code 582), Jay Miller (Code 582), and Emory Stagmer (Code 590)

2006

  • Absolute Cartesian Encoder (GSC-14330-1) by Douglas Leviton (Code 551)
  • Alignment Cube for Cryogenic, Optomechanical Assemblies (GSC-14954-1) by Joseph McMann (Man Tech), Henry Sampler (Code 551.1), and Carl Strojny (Code 551)
  • Alignment Cube for Cryog enic, Optomechanical Assemblies (GSC-14954-1) by John Hagopian (Code 551) and Raymond Ohl (Code 551)
  • Astronomer Proposal Tool (GSC-14946-1) by Tony Krueger (Man Tech)—Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT) is a computer program that assists astronomers in preparing their Phase 1 and Phase 2 Hubble Space Telescope science programs. (December 2005)
  • Broadband Phase-Retrieval for Image-based Wavelength Sensing (GSC-14899-1) by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Bumper: Method of Retaining Payload Interior Structure within Its Skin while Allowing Maximizing of Interior’s Components (GSC-14991-1) by Orville Fleming (Northrop Grumman)
  • Characterization of the HEFT CdZnTe Pixel Detectors (GSC-14804-1) by Peter Mao (California Institute of Technology)— Image sensors designed for high spectral resolution and low power consumption. (October 2005)
  • Cloud Micro-Sensors for Application on Small UAVs and Balloons (GSC-14950-1) by Paul Lawson (Spec Inc.)—This camera would rapidly acquire image data on aerosol particles. (May 2006)
  • Development of a 1,024x1,024 GaAs QWIP Detector Assembly (GSC-14688-1) by Murzy Jhabvala (Code 550) and Kwong-Kit Choi (Army Research Lab)
  • Development of an Improved Upper Stage Ignition System (GSC-14691-1) by Michael Cropper (Code 548), Herb Morgan (Code 548), and John Hickman (Code 548)
  • Discussion of Using a Reconfigurable Processor to Implement the Discrete Fourier Transform (GSC-14943-1) by Michael White (Code 564)
  • Earth Observing System Data Gateway (EDG) (GSC-14938-1) by Ed Sefert (Code 586), Mark Nestler (Code 586), Mark Solomon (Code 586), and Lorena Marsans (Code 586)
  • Earth Observing System Data Gateway (EDG) (GSC-14938-1) by Robin Pfister (Code 586)
  • Electric Field Antenna for Solar Probe and Space Missions Exposed to High Photon Intensities within the Inner Heliosphere by Edward Sittler (Code 612.2)
  • Filter Function for Wavelength Sensing and Control Over an Extended Field of View (GSC-14900-1) by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Fixed Lens Wavelength Sensing (GSC-14901-1) by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Free Vibration of Square Plate and Poisson’s Ratio Measurement at Cryogenic Temperatures (GSC-15021-1) by Christopher Hoffman (Code 541), Liqin Wang (Code 541), and Brian Harris (Code 541)
  • General EQFlux (GSC-14791-1) by Edward Gaddy (Code 563)
  • High Torque Circular Electrical Connector Tool, EVA Crew Aids and Tools (GSC-14670-1) by Patrick O’Neil (Swales)
  • High-Gain, Low-Noise Silicon MCP Technology (GSC-14701-1) by Sharon Schib (Nanosciences Corp.)
  • High-Torque Circular Electrical Connector Tool, EVA Crew Aids and Tools (GSC-14670-1) by John Grunsfeld (Johnson Space Center)—A simple tool that exerts a strong grip. (October 2006)
  • Holographic Plossl Retroreflector (GSC-14472-1) by Eugene Waluschka (Code 551)
  • Improvement of MCPs by Coating (GSC-14936-1) by David Starikov and Chris Boney (both of Integrated Micro Sensors)
  • Innovative Utilization of the Heap Data Structure for Efficient Determination of Best Merges for HSEG (GSC-14995-1) by James Tilton (Code 606.3)
  • Integrated Modeling Environment (GSC-14827-1) by Christopher Holtery (Constellation Software Engineering) and Gary Mosier (Code 592)—The Integrated Modeling Environment (IME) is a software system that establishes a centralized Web-based interface for integrating people (who may be geographically dispersed), processes, and data involved in a common engineering project. (June 2006)
  • Miniature Latching Valve by Glendon Benson (Aker Industries)
  • Iterative Transform Phase-Retrieval Utilizing Adaptive Diversity (GSC-14879-1) by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Mercury Shopping Cart Interface (MSCI) (GSC-14940-1) by Robin Pfister (Code 586)
  • Modular Tracking Filter & Tracking Data Source Management Software Library (GSC-14974-1) by Raymond Lanzi (Code 598)
  • Phase-Oriented Gears (GSC-14790-1) by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • Portable Airborne Laser System (GSC-14906-1) by Ross Nelson (Code 614.4)—A combination of laser ranging, video imaging, positioning, and data-processing subsystems designed for measuring the heights of forest canopies along linear transects from tens to thousands of kilometers long. (October 2005)
  • Power User Interface (PUI) (GSC-14939-1) by Robin Pfister (Code 586)
  • Reconfigurable Decentralized Framework for Formation Flying Control (GSC-14779-1) by Joseph Mueller (Princeton Satellite)
  • Requirements Tracing on TARGET (GSC-14976-1) by Jane Hayes (Univ. of Kentucky)
  • SMART Solar Sails (GSC-14762-1) by Steven Curtis (Code 695)
  • Solvent-Free Batch for the Manufacture of a New Generation of Highly Efficient Themoelectric Coolers (GSC-14786-1) by Ali Boufelfel (Sigma Technologies)—Temperature differences as great as 50 K can be produced at or near room temperature. (February 2006)
  • Split-Remerge Method for Eliminating Processing Window Artifacts in RHSEG (GSC-14994-1) by James Tilton (Code 606.3)
  • Stress Boots (GSC-14700-1) by Howard Wood (Code 551), Michael Correia (Code 551), Jason Budinoff (Code 551), and Jessica Hauss (intern)
  • Three-Degree-of-Freedom Parallel Manipulator w/3 Inextensible Limbs and Base-Mounted Actuators (GSC-14874-1) by Farhad Tahmasebi (Code 542)—The geometry and kinematics of this manipulator would afford advantages for some applications. (September 2006)
  • Three-Dimensional Solid Models of Scientific Data for Education Outreach (GSC-14897-1)—John Keller (Code 691) by A method of generating solid models of terrain involves the conversion of topographical data into a form useable by a rapid-prototyping (RP) machine. (September 2005)
  • Tightly Packaged Integral Flexure Mount Design for Cryogenic, Metal Mirrors for Astronomy Instruments (GSC-14969-1) by Said Zewari (Code 540), Raymond Ohl (Code 551), Shelly Conkey (Code 551), Jason Hylan (Code 544), and Sandra Irish (Code 544)—Compact and relatively inexpensive mounts. (June 2006)
  • Tree to Graph Folding Procedure for Systems Engineering Requirements (GSC-14951-1) by Mark Austin (Univ. of Maryland), Vimal Mayank (Univ. of Maryland), and David Everett (Code 431)
  • Unitary Graphite Composite Hinge (GSC-14896-1) by Peter Rossoni (Code 543), James Sturm (Code 543), and Wes Alexander (Code 543)
  • Use of Strain Gages to detect Bonded Joint Failures of Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) at Cryogenic Temperatures (GSC-14984-1) by Brian Harris (Code 541)
  • Virtual Feel Capaciflectors (GSC-14955-1) by John Vranish (Code 544)—Exploits increases in capacitance with deviations from desired central positions. (June 2006)
  • Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Command & Data Handling Flight Software (GSC-14964-1) by Art Ferrer (Code 582.1), Steve Slegel (Daedalian Systems Corp.), and Alan Cudmore (Code 582)

2005

  • AutoChem (GSC-14862-1) by David John Lary (Code 610)—AutoChem is a suite of Fortran 90 computer programs for the modeling of kinetic reaction systems. AutoChem performs automatic code generation, symbolic differentiation, analysis, and documentation. It produces a documented stand-alone system for the modeling and assimilation of atmospheric chemistry. (November 2005)
  • Absolute Position Encoders With Vertical Image Binning — Conversion rates can exceed 20 kHz (GSC-14633-1) by Douglas B. Leviton (Code 551)—Improved optoelectronic pattern recognition encoders measure rotary and linear 1-dimensional positions at conversion rates (numbers of readings per unit time) exceeding 20 kHz. The improvements of this technology make it possible to greatly increase conversion rates through substantial reductions in all three components of conversion time: exposure time, image-readout time, and image-processing time. (November 2005)
  • Portable Airborne Laser System Measures Forest-Canopy Height (GSC-14906-1) by Ross Nelson (Code 614)—The Portable Airborne Laser System (PALS) is a combination of laser ranging, video imaging, positioning, and data-processing subsystems designed for measuring the heights of forest canopies along linear transects from tens to thousands of kilometers long. Unlike prior laser ranging systems designed to serve the same purpose, the PALS is not restricted to use aboard a single aircraft of a specific type: the PALS fits into two large suitcases that can be carried to any convenient location, and the PALS can be installed in almost any local aircraft for hire, thereby making it possible to sample remote forests at relatively low cost. (October 2005)
  • Rugged Iris Mechanism (GSC-14550) by Nelson J. Ferragut —A rugged iris mechanism has been designed to satisfy several special requirements, including a wide aperture in the “open” position, full obscuration in the “closed” position, ability to function in a cryogenic or other harsh environment, and minimization of friction through minimization of the number of components. (September 2005)
  • Generating Solid Models From Topographical Data (GSC-14897-1) by John W. Keller (Code 691)—Topographical data are converted into forms useable by rapid-prototyping machines. The method was developed to enable the use of the RP machine to make solid models of Martian terrain from Mars Orbiter laser-altimeter topographical data. The method is equally applicable to the generation of models of the terrains of other astronomical bodies, including other planets, asteroids, and Earth. (September 2005)
  • Treatments To Produce Stabilized Aluminum Mirrors for Cryogenic Uses (GSC-14736-1) by Wahid Zewari (Code 544), Michael Barthelmy (Code 540), and Raymond Ohl (Code 551) —Selected heat treatments are performed between and after fabrication steps. five metallurgical treatments comprises a multistep process, the steps of which are interspersed with the steps of the mirror- fabrication process. (September 2005)
  • Selecting Data From a Star Catalog (GSC-14574) by David A.Tracewell (Code 595) and Christopher B. Sande of Computer Sciences Corporation—MCDUMP is a computer program that selects data from the SKYMAP SKY2000 Master Star Catalog—a database about 150 MB in size, stored on a computer hard drive. (July 2005)
  • Parylene C as a Sacrificial Material for Microfabrication (GSC-14803-1) by Michael Beamesderfer (Code 541)—Parylene C has been investigated for use as a sacrificial material in microfabrication, offering a set of properties that are complementary to those of photoresists. (June 2005)
  • Applications of the Hilbert-Huang Transform to Financial Data (GSC-14807-1) by Norden Huang (Code 614)— Paper discusses the application of the Hilbert-Huang transform (HHT) method to time-series financial-market data. (April 2005)
  • Generating Animated Displays of Spacecraft Orbits (GSC-14732-1) by Robert M. Candey (Code 612), Reine A. Chimiak (Code 583), and Bernard T. Harris (Code 583)— Tool for Interactive Plotting, Sonification, and 3D Orbit Display (TIPSOD) is a computer program for generating interactive, animated, four-dimensional (space and time) displays of spacecraft orbits. (February 2005)
  • Space Physics Data Facility Web Services (GSC-14730-1) by Robert M. Candey (Code 612), Bernard T. Harris (Code 583), and Reine A. Chimiak (Code 583)—The Space Physics Data Facility (SPDF) Web services provides a distributed programming interface to a portion of the SPDF software, enabling additional collaboration and integration of the SPDF software system with other software systems. (February 2005)
  • Integrated Structural Analysis and Test Program (GSC-14775-1) by Daniel Kaufman (Code 542)—An integrated structural-analysis and structure-testing computer program is being developed that includes modules pertaining to sinusoidal and random vibration, shock and time replication, acoustics, base-driven modal survey, and mass properties and static/dynamic balance. (January 2005)
  • Development of Software for a Lidar-Altimeter Processor (GSC-14382) by Jacob S. Rosenberg (Code 582) and Carlos Trujillo (Code )—Report describes the development of software for a digital processor that operates in conjunction with a finite-impulseresponse (FIR) chip in a spaceborne lidar altimeter. (January 2005)
  • Fiber-Optic Sensor Would Monitor Growth of Polymer Film (GSC-12757) by Michael Beamsderfer (Code 541)—A proposed optoelectronic sensor system would measure the increase in thickness of a film of parylene (a thermoplastic polymer made from para-xylene) during growth of the film in a vapor deposition process. (January 2005)

2004

  • Pseudoslit Spectrometer (GSC-13806-1): Functioning similarly to a slit spectrometer, this instrument is optomechanically simpler. (April 2004)
  • Analyzing Dynamics of Cooperating Spacecraft (GSC-14735-1): This software library enables high-fidelity computational simulation of the dynamics of multiple spacecraft distributed over a region of outer space and acting with a common purpose. (June 2004)
  • Charge-Dissipative Electrical Cables (GSC-14648-1): In addition to performing their main functions of conducting signals, these electrical cables dissipate spurious static electric charges. (June 2004)
  • Improved Nutation Damper for a Spin-Stabilized Spacecraft (GSC-14733-1): This technology would address the problem of accommodating thermal expansion of the damping liquid in spin-stabilized spacecraft. (June 2004)
  • Arc-Second Pointer for Balloon-Borne Astronomical Instrument (GSC-14715-1): This notable innovation eliminates the effects of static friction in bearings. (June 2004).
  • Improving Control of Two Motor Controllers (GSC-14744-1): This computer program controls motors that drive trans-lation stages in a metrology system that consists of a pair of two-axis cathetometers. This program is specific to Compumotor Gemini motors and the Compumotor 6K-series motor controller (or their equivalents). (June 2004)
  • Ultralow-Power Digital Correlator for Microwave Polarimetry (GSC-14746-1): This high-speed digital correlator is especially well suited for processing readings of a passive microwave polarimeter. (August 2004)
  • Manufacturing High-Quality Carbon Nanotubes at Lower Cost (GSC-14601-1): This modified electric-arc welding process can be used to manufacture high-quality batches of carbon nanotubes at relatively low cost-about 1/20 that of other processes.

2003

  • Eye Safety Camera Attached to a Theodolite to Obtain Boresight Pointing of High-Intensity Visible Lasers and/or Invisible Infrared Lasers (GSC-14469-1): The simple addition of a charge-coupled-device (CCD) camera to a theodolite makes it safe to measure the pointing direction of a laser beam.
  • Mechanical Tube Bending Tool for Precise Bends (GSC-14412-1): This relatively simple, manually operated tool enables precise bending- typically,within ±0.5° of the specified bend angle-of a metal tube located in a confined space, with a minimum of flattening of the tube and without significant gouging of the tube surface.
  • Neutral Axis Spring Concept for Providing Torque Margin to Composite Thin-Wall Integral Boom Hinges (GSC-14640-1): Neutral-axis springs could be used to augment the unfolding torques of hinges that are integral parts of thin-wall composite-material booms used to deploy scientific instruments from spacecraft.

2002

  • KPP-A Preprocessor for VHDL (GSC-14380): A computer program that enables faster coding and greater use of designs. (February 2002)
  • Testing Grazing-Incidence Mirrors at Nearly Normal Incidence (GSC-14365): A system that enables adequate testing in visible light, without the need for a vacuum system. (March 2002)
  • Magnetically Suspended Optical Chopper Wheel (GSC-14323): Magnetic bearings that offer long life at high speed, without lubrication or wear problems. (April 2002)
  • Mechanisms for Reliable One-Time Deployment of Panels (GSC-13931): Mechanisms that overcome the disadvantages of both pyrotechnic and thermal release mechanisms. (July 2002)

2001

  • Broad-Band, Noninvasive Radio-Frequency Current Probe (GSC-13985): This circuit responds in approximately constant proportion to current over a wide frequency range.
  • Double-Parallelogram Carriage for Spectrometer Mirrors (GSC-14297): Linear motion is derived from motions of coupled, pivoted arms.
  • Flex Wedges (GSC-14006): Brakes and clutches could perform more reliably and predictably.
  • Fourth-Generation Software for SEU Testing (GSC-14399): This computer program tests electronic components for single-event upsets.
  • Holographic Circle-to-Point Converter (GSC-13869): Fabry-Perot interference fringes are focused to points for efficient detection.
  • Improved Automated System for Transferring Liquid Helium (GSC-14106): Consumption of liquid helium would be reduced by optimizing use of vapor for precooling.
  • Improving Thin Foil X-Ray Mirrors (GSC-14043): Resolution and diameter would be increased.
  • Low-Power Shutter Mechanism for a Cryogenic Infrared Camera (GSC-14341): The time-averaged power dissipation is less than 5 megawatts.
  • Miniature Proportional Temperature Controllers (GSC-14315): These would be smaller and lighter than their commercial predecessors.
  • Process for Polishing Bare Aluminum to High Optical Quality (GSC-14147): India-ink polishing following single-point diamond turning yields superior aluminum optics.
  • Shared-Aperture Multiplexed Holographic Scanning Telescopes (GSC-14240): This technology achieves full-aperture scanning without moving parts.
  • Software for Rapid Processing and Display of Earth Data (GSC-14263): This program facilitates retrieval and viewing of Earth-related imagery on computer screens or virtual-reality displays.
  • Spin Bearings (GSC-13679): These bearings offer advantages with respect to load-bearing capacity, retention of alignment, and size.
  • Tailoring Cores of Optical Fibers by a Sol-Gel Method (GSC-13913): Core dopants can be tailored for specific photonic applications.
  • Thermal-Stress Technique for Cutting Thin Glass Sheets (GSC-14364): Highly localized heating generates highly localized stresses.

2000

  • Segmented-Cold-Cathode Display Panels: Compared to cathode-ray tubes, these panels are much wider and thinner.
  • Method of Measuring Encircled Energy for Imaging Optical Systems: This improved method uses precisely micromachined apertures positioned with great accuracy to achieve unprecedented levels of specification and characterization.
  • High-Power, Wideband Laser-Diode Transmitter Module: This technology’s diffraction-limited operation affords long-range transmission.
  • Post-Processing Satellite Image Data in Secondary Schools: Direct experience helps prepare children for participation in an increasingly technological world.
  • Return-Link Processor PCI Card: Relative to prior return-link circuitry, this smaller, more energy-efficient, performance, more versatile, less expensive.
  • Integrated Test and Operations System: This modular system is customized specific applications through entries database.
  • Composite-Material Heat Sink Circuit Boards: This technology lightweight alternative to aluminum
  • Software for Monitoring Remote and Executing Planning: Knowledge Tools (KST) software is easier higher capabilities, and is more that previous technologies.
  • Special-Purpose Interface for Fast Writing on a Hard Disk: Size, weight, and power consumption are less than in a generalpurpose hard disk drive interface.
  • Forward-Link/Simulator PCI Card: Improvements provided by this technology include decreases in size, cost, and power consumption and increases in speed.
  • Tunable, Single-Frequency, Fiber Fabry- Perot VCSELs: These vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers have been demonstrated at wavelengths of 850 and 1,300 nanometers.
  • Fabricating Small Apertures in Silicon-on-Insulator Wafers: Apertures with features as small as 0.5 micrometers can be formed repeatedly with this technology.
  • Higher Resolution Optoelectronic Shaft-Angle Encoder: This encoder is an improved version of an earlier related technology.
  • High-Power Laser Illuminator: Wavelength selectivity enhances tracking in the presence of background light.
  • Microwave Battery Charger: This technology allows batteries to be kept charged without wire connections.
  • Spacecraft Solar-Wind Trim Panels for Pointing: This technology proposes that spacecraft assigned to orbits distant from Earth be equipped with trim panels that would intercept solar wind.
  • Cadmium Zinc Telluride Detectors for Imaging of Gamma Rays: This technology achieves angular resolution of less than 1 arc-minute.
  • Absolute Position Encoders Using Pattern Recognition: This technology won NASA’s Government Invention of the Year Award for 2000.
  • Software Facilitates Access to a Scientific Database: This program supports cooperative international scientific efforts.
  • Mechanism for Planar Manipulation with Simplified Kinematics: This technology greatly simplifies the inverse kinematics to easily resolve end-effector motion.
  • Designing Purging Flows of Clean, Dry Gases: Flow parameters can be chosen to reduce contamination to specified low levels.
  • Gap Welding Preforms: This technology might enable ribbon radio-frequency connections to be made with greater consistency.
  • Software for Ground Processing of Data from Landsat 7: These three computer programs were designed specifically to handle data from this satellite used to acquire remotely sensed images of Earth’s land surface and surrounding coastal regions.
  • Parallel Integrated Frame Synchronizer Chip: This chip can handle data in a variety of formats at rates up to 500 megabits per second.
  • Glass Cure Plates for Fabricating Flat Composite Panels: Costs associated with this technology are lower than those of aluminum cure plates.
  • Analyzing Time Series Using Empirical Mode Decomposition and Hilbert Spectra: This technology can be used to decompose complicated sets of data into finite collections of intrinsic mode functions.
  • Range-Safety Smart System: RSSS was conceived to advance the Range Safety System technology used to make destruct/no-destruct decisions during vehicle flight.
  • Quadruple Precision Optics Ray Trace Code: QRAYPKS is a general purpose optics-analysis computer program that enables exceptionally precise computations of path lengths.
  • Computer-Controlled Power Tool: This updated version of the pistol-grip tool regulates torque or speed and analyzes operational history.
  • Improved Infrared Imaging of Bulk Defects in Cadmium Zinc Telluride Wafers: Images generated with this technology guide the “mining” of large wafers for fabricating X-ray detectors.
  • Microaltimeter: This instrument is smaller, lighter, less expensive, more robust, and more energy efficient than other laser altimeter systems.
  • Reed-Solomon Forward Error Correction: This method increases the link margins of data-communication systems that must handle variable-length frames or packets of data.
  • Fast NRZLM Encoding and Decoding Algorithm: These byte-oriented algorithms save encoding and decoding time for datacommunications systems.

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NASA Patent Application Award

A monetary award based on the filing of a patent

WINNERS:

2007

  • Conduit Purging Device and Method by Michael Wilks (Code 597)
  • Conformal Gripping Device by John Vranish (Code 543)
  • Device, System, and Method for Miniaturized Radiation Spectrometer by Epaminondas Stassinopoulos (Code 561)
  • Driven Ground by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • Enhancing R2D2C Requirements-Based Programming With Automata Learning by Michael Hinchey (Code 581, James Rash (Code 588), and Christopher Rouff (Code 500)
  • Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition: A Noise Assisted Data Analysis Method by Norden Huang (Code 614.2) and Zhaohua Wu (Code 614.2)
  • Extendable USB Drive by Mike Hinchey (Code 581)
  • Fixed Lens Wavefront Sensing by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Hardware and Technique for Dead End Welding of all Types of Tubing by Michael WIlks (Code 597)
  • Hybrid Diversity Method Utilizing Adaptive Diversity Function and Optical System for Inducing Focus Diversity by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Interferometric Polarization Control by David Chuss (Code 665), Edward Wollacjk (Code 665), Samuel Moseley (Code 665), and Giles Novak (Northwestern Univ.)
  • Iterative-Transform Phase-Retrieval Utilizing Adaptive Diversity by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Method and System for Procedure Development and Verification by Formal Specifications Derived Mechanically from Informal Procedure Descriptions by Michael Hinchey (Code 581) and James Rash (Code 581)
  • Method For Developing and Maintaining Evolving Systems with Software Product Lines by Michael Hinchey (Code 581) and James Rash (Code 588)
  • Method of Forming Pointed Structure by Diane Pugel (Code 553)
  • Millimeter Wave Polarization Transformer by David Chuss (Code 665), Edward Wollack (Code 685), Samual Moseley (Code 685), and Giles Novak (Code 685)
  • Miniaturized Radiation Spectrometer Development by Epaminodas Stassinopoulos (Code 561)
  • Modular Gear Bearings and Device, System, and Method for Sensing Electrical Circuit by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • Noise-Assisted Data Analysis Method, System and Program Product by Norden Huang (Code 610.3) and Zhaohua Wu (Center for Ocean-Land-Atmospheric Studies)
  • Polarization-Preserving Waveguide Filter and Transformer by Edward Wollack (Code 665) and Felice Vanin (Code 665)
  • Pulsed, 1 Micron, Single Frequency, Diode-Seeded Ytterbium-doped Fiber Amplifier With Variable Output Parameters by Donald Coyle (Code 601)
  • Solid-State Laser Gain Module and Optical Source and Apparatus for Remote Sensing by Donald Coyle (Code 554)
  • Specular Coatings for Composite Structures by Jim Lohr (Code 303), Russell Rowles (Code 540), Wanda Peters (Code 546), Rober Kiwak (Code 541), and Ken Segal (Code 543)
  • Strain-Based Carbon Nanotube Magnetometer by Stephanie Getty (Code 541)
  • Systems, Methods and Apparatus for Automata Learning in Generations of Scenario-Based Requirements in System Development by Christopher Rouff (Science Applications International Corp.), Michael Hinchey (Code 581), and James Rash (Code 581)
  • Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for D-Dimensional Formulation and Implementation of Recursive Hierarchical Segmentation by James Tilton (Code 606)
  • Systems, Methods and Apparatus for Flash Drive by Michael Hinchey (Code 581)
  • Template For Deposition of Micron and Sub-micron Pointed Structures by Diane Pugel (Code 553)

2006

  • Autonomic Quiescence by Michael Hinchey (Code 581) and Roy Sterritt (University of Ulster)
  • Autonomic Smoke Detector by Michael Hinchey (Code 581) and Roy Sterritt (University of Ulster)
  • Demiseable Momentum Exchange System by Milton Davis III (Code 596), Eliezer Ahronovich (Code 596), and Russell Roder (Code 596)
  • Driven Ground by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • Enhancing R2D2C Requirements Based Programming with Automata Learning by Michael Hinchey (Code 581), Tiziana Margaria, James Rash (Code 588), Christopher Rouff (Code 500), and Bernard Steffen
  • Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition: A Noise Assisted Data Analysis Method by Norden Huang (Code 614) and Zhaohua Wu
  • Extendable USB Drive by Michael Hinchey (Code 581)
  • Fixed Lens Wavefront Sensing by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Generation and Verification of Policies for Autonomic Systems by Michael Hinchey (Code 581), James Rash (Code 588), Christopher Rouff (Code 500), Walter Truszkowski (Code 588), Roy Sterritt (University of Ulster), and Denis Gracanin (Virginia Polytechnic University)
  • IterativeTransform Phase-Retrieval Utilizing Adaptive Diversity by Bruce Dean (Code 551)
  • Large Area Vacuum Ultra-Violet Sensors by David Franz (Raytheon) and Shahid Aslam (Raytheon)
  • Method and Associated Apparatus for Capturing, Servicing, and De-Orbiting Earth Satellite Using Robotics by Richard Burns (Code 571), James Corbo (Code 599), Jill Holz (Code 542), Frank Cepollina (Code 442), and Nicholas Jedrich (Code 599)
  • Method and System for Procedure Development and Verification by Formal Specifications Derived Mechanically from Informal Procedure Descriptions by Michael Hinchey(Code 581), James Rash (Code 588), Christopher Rouff (Code 500), and Dennis Gracanin (Virginia Polytechnic University)
  • Method for Developing and Maintaining Evolving Systems with Software Product Lines by Michael Hinchey (Code 581), Joaquin Pena, and James Rash (Code 588)
  • Method of Deriving Process-Based Specifications from Scenarios via Pattern Matching by Michael Hinchey (Code 581), James Rash (Code 588), and Christopher Rouff (Code 500)
  • Miniaturized Radiation Spectrometer Development by Epaminondas Stassinopoulos (Code 561)
  • Modeling, Specifying, and Deploying Policies in Autonomous and Autonomic Systems Using an AOSE Methodology by Michael Hinchey (Code 581), Joaquin Pena, and Roy Sterritt (University of Ulster)
  • Pivot 2.0: Radiation Hardened Fast Acquisition/Weak Signal Tracking System and Method by Steve Sirotzky (QSS Group), Gregory Boegner (Code 596), and Luke Winternitz (Code 596)
  • Pulsed, 1-Micron, Single-Frequency, Diode-Seeded Ytterbium-doped Fiber Amplifier with Variable Output Parameters by Donald B. Coyle (Code 554)
  • Solid-State Laser Gain Module Based on a Spoiled Hexagon Geometry by Donald B. Coyle (Code 554)
  • Stepping Flextures by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • System and Method of Analyzing Vibrations and Identifying Failure Signature in the Vibrations by Norden Huang (Code 614.2) and Liming Salvino (Naval Surface Warfare Center)
  • Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Direct Implementation of Formal Specifications Derived Mechanically from Information Requirements by Michael Hinchey (Code 581), James Rash (Code 588), Christopher Rouff (SAIC), Denis Gracanin (Code 581), and John Erickson (Code 581)
  • Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Verification of Knowledge-Based Systems by James Rash (Code 588), Christopher Rouff (SAIC), Denis Gracanin (Code 581), John Erickson (Code 581), and Michael Hinchey (Code 581)
  • Virtual Feel Capaciflectors by John Vranish (Code 544)

2005

  • Charge Dissipative Electrical Cable (GSC-14648-1) by John Kolasinski (Code 565) and Edward Wollack (Code 665)
  • Evolvable Neural Software System (GSC-14657-1) by Steven Curtis (Code 695)
  • HHT Financial Data (GSC-14807-1) by Norden Huang (Code 971)
  • Integrated Structural Analysis and Test Program (GSC-14775-1) by Daniel Kaufman (Code 542)
  • Low Powered X-Ray (GSC-14796-1) by Yosef Eisen, Samuel Floyd (Code 691), Jacob Trombka (Code 691), Timothy McClanahan (Code 691), Jeffrey Schweitz, and Arthur Ruitberg
  • Parylene Thickness Optical Sensor System (GSC-14757-1) by Michael Beamesderfer (Code 541)
  • Phase-Oriented Gears (GSC-14790-1) by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • Screw Locking Wrench (GSC-14561-1) by John Vranish (Code 544)
  • SMART Solar Sail (GSC-14762-1) by Steven Curtis (Code 695)
  • Stepping Flexures (GSC-14562-1) by John Vranish (Code 544)

2004

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,691,033: System and Method for Calibrating Inter-Star-Tracker Misalignments in a Stellar Inertial Attitude Determination System
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,697,818: Methods and Apparatus for Constructing and Implementing a Universal Extension Module for Processing Objects in a Database
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,734,602: Linear Magnetostrictive Actuator
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,738,734: Empirical Mode Decomposition Apparatus, Method and Article of Manufacture for Analyzing Biological Signals and Performing Curve Fitting
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,740,224: Method of Manufacturing Carbon Nanotubes
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,742,761: Miniature Latching Valve
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,744,470: Synchronization of Video Recording and Laser Pulses Including Background Light Suppression
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,760,487: Estimated Spectrum Adaptive Postfilter and the Iterative Prepost Filtering Algorithms
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,760,664: Autonomous Navigation System Based on GPS and Magnetometer Data
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,765,195: Method and Apparatus for Two-Dimensional Absolute Optical Encoding
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,775,600: Systems and Methods for Determining Spacecraft Orientation
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,782,124: Three-Dimensional Empirical Mode Decomposition Analysis Apparatus and Method

2003

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,538,796: MEMS Devices for Spacecraft Thermal Control Applications
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,566,854: Apparatus for Measuring High-Frequency Currents
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,584,874: 3-D Sprag Ratcheting Tool
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,593,879: Using the Global Positioning Satellite System to Determine Attitude Rates Using Doppler Effects
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,594,582: GPS Compound Eye Attitude and Navigation Sensor and Method
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,626,792: Gear Bearings
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,631,325: Computer Implemented Empirical Mode Decomposition Method Apparatus, and Article of Manufacture Utilizing Curvature Extrema
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,640,949: 1-Way Bearing
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,648,522: Fiber Optic Connector Polishing Fixture Assembly

2002

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,381,559: Empirical Mode Decomposition Apparatus, Method, and Article of Manufacture for Analyzing Biological Signals and Performing Curve Fitting
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,420,691: Charge-Coupled Device for Low Background Observations
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,445,861: Sol-gel Processing to Form Doped Sol-gel Monoliths Inside Hollow Core Optical Fiber and Sol-gel Hollow Core Devices Made Thereby
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,359,357: Combination Radial and Thrust Magnetic Bearing
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,343,245: Microaltimeter
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,350,176: High Quality Optically Polished Aluminum Mirror and Process for Producing
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,479,808: Method and System for Collecting Data from Multiple Fields of View

2001

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,287,404: Adhesive Bubble Removal Technique and Fixture for Fiber Optic Applications
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,178,470: Chip for CCSDS-Compatible Serial Data Streams
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,188,705: Fiber Grating Couple Light Source Capable of Tunable Single Frequency Operations
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,278,404: Global Positioning System Satellite Selection Method
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,313,908: Holographic Circle-to-Point Converter
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,313,555: Low Loss Pole Configuration for Multi-Pole Homopolar Magnetic Bearings
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,182,011: Method and Apparatus for Determining Position Using Global Positioning Satellites
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,177,835: Method and Apparatus for High Data Rate Demodulation
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,223,143: Quantitative Risk Assessment Software (QRAS) System
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,177,997: Shaft Position Optical Sensor
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,211,822: Spaceborne Global Positioning System for Spacecraft
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,311,130: Two-Dimensional Empirical Mode Decomposition and Hilbert Spectral Analysis for Image Processing

2000

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,123,512: Heat-driven pulse pump
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,114,995: Computer-implemented method and apparatus for autonomous position determination using magnetic field data
  • U.S. Patent No. 6,081,570: Parallel integrated frame synchronizer chip

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The NASA Space Act Monetary Awards Program for Significant Scientific and Technical Contributions

The objectives of this program are to provide official recognition of, and to grant equitable monetary awards for those inventions and other scientific and technical contributions that have helped to achieve NASA's aeronautical, technology transfer, and space goals; and to stimulate and encourage the creation and reporting of similar contributions in the future. To accomplish these objectives, the Inventions and Contributions Board is authorized to recommend the granting of monetary awards in amounts up to $100,000 in accordance with the provisions of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, and to grant monetary awards in amounts up to $10,000 in accordance with the provisions of the Government Employees Incentive Awards Act of 1954.

WINNERS:

2007

  • Cable Medium in Robot Tooling by Vince Kerley (Code 500)

2006

  • Global Change Master Directory’s MD9 by Lola Olsen (Code 610.2), Robert Northcutt (Global Systems and Technology), Christopher Gokey (Science Systems and Applications, Inc. [SSAI]), Rosy Cordova (SSAI), and Eugene Major (SSAI)
  • GMSEC Message Bus by John Bristow (Code 583) and Arturo Mayorga (Code 583)
  • Goddard Mission Services Evolution Center (GMSEC) Architecture by John Bristow (Code 583), Jane Steck (Code 584), James Fessler (Lockheed Martin Space Operations), Robert Zepp (Computer Sciences Corp. [CSC]), Christopher Shuler (CSC), Brian Gregory (Interface & Control Systems), and Danford Smith (Code 581)
  • Microaltimeter by John Degnan (Code 690)
  • Micro Pulse Lidar by James Spinhirne (Code 613.1)

2005

  • AutoChem (GSC-14862-1) by David LaryMPL Radar (GSC-13493-1) by James Spinhirne
  • CodeIt Software (GSC-14742-1) by David Fisher, Edward Hicks, David Petrick, and Thomas Winkert
  • ECHO (GSC-14726-1) by Michael Burnett, Richard Newcomb, Maitreyee Pasad, Robin Pfister, and Keith Wichmann
  • Gear Bearings (GSC-14207-1) by John Vranish
  • Low Cost and High Quality Carbon Nanotubes (GSC-14435-1) by Jeannette Benavides and Henning Leidecker
  • RHSEG (GSC-14681-1) by James Tilton

2004

  • Adhesive Bubble Removal Technique and Fixture for Fiber Optic Applications by John Kolasinksi
  • Gear Bearings by John Vranish
  • GPS “Compound Eye” Navigation and Attitude Sensor by David Quinn
  • Heat-Driven Pulse Pump by Steve Benner and Mario Martins
  • Hilbert-Huang Transform Data Processing System by Norden Huang, Karin Blank, Thomas Flatley, Semion Kizhner, and Darrell Smith
  • Holographic Circle-to-Point Converter by Matthew McGill, Vibart Scott, and Marzouk Marzouk
  • Microlaser Altimeter by John Degnan
  • SHARM: Software Solving the Monochromatic Radiation Transfer Problem in Planetary Atmosphere Using Spherical Harmonic Methods by Alexei Lyapustin

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