|NASA HQ's. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20110180700||WIND AND TEMPERATURE SPECTROMETER WITH CROSSED SMALL-DEFLECTION ENERGY ANALYZER - A wind and temperature spectrometer (WTS) may detect the angular and energy distributions of neutral atoms/molecules and ions in two mutually perpendicular planes. The measured energy distribution at a known angle near the peak may be used to infer the full wind vector W. A WTS having a single ion source may be used in conjunction with a crossed small-deflection energy analyzer (SDEA). The crossed SDEA may combine the angular and energy distributions in the two mutually perpendicular planes into a single spectrometer with a single optical axis. A WTS having a single ion source may use less energy and occupy less space than a WTS with two ion sources.||07-28-2011|
|20110066284||METHODS OF DETERMINING COMPLETE SENSOR REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILITY - A method of determining complete sensor requirements for autonomous mobility of an autonomous system includes computing a time variation of each behavior of a set of behaviors of the autonomous system, determining mobility sensitivity to each behavior of the autonomous system, and computing a change in mobility based upon the mobility sensitivity to each behavior and the time variation of each behavior. The method further includes determining the complete sensor requirements of the autonomous system through analysis of the relative magnitude of the change in mobility, the mobility sensitivity to each behavior, and the time variation of each behavior, wherein the relative magnitude of the change in mobility, the mobility sensitivity to each behavior, and the time variation of each behavior are characteristic of the stability of the autonomous system.||03-17-2011|
|20110049329||HYBRID ARCHITECTURE ACTIVE WAVEFRONT SENSING AND CONTROL SYSTEM, AND METHOD - According to various embodiments, provided herein is an optical system and method that can be configured to perform image analysis. The optical system can comprise a telescope assembly and one or more hybrid instruments. The one or more hybrid instruments can be configured to receive image data from the telescope assembly and perform a fine guidance operation and a wavefront sensing operation, simultaneously, on the image data received from the telescope assembly.||03-03-2011|
|20100090885||DIGITAL RADAR SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A digital radar system includes a transmitter, the transmitter configured to transmit a signal; a receiver, the receiver configured to receive a return signal; and two analog to digital conversion (ADC) units, the ADC units configured to digitize the return signal at a rate higher than a Nyquist rate for the transmitted signal. A method of operating a digital radar includes transmitting a signal via a transmitter; receiving a return signal via a receiver; and digitizing the return signal by two analog to digital conversion (ADC) units at a rate higher than a Nyquist rate for the transmitted signal.||04-15-2010|
|20080250389||SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING EVOLVING SYSTEMS WITH SOFTWARE PRODUCT LINES - Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which an evolutionary system is managed and viewed as a software product line. In some embodiments, the core architecture is a relatively unchanging part of the system, and each version of the system is viewed as a product from the product line. Each software product is generated from the core architecture with some agent-based additions. The result may be a multi-agent system software product line.||10-09-2008|
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