Innovation Awarded by the Engineering Directorate
Qamar Shams, Allan Zuckerwar and Cecil Burkett earned the NASA Langley
Engineering Directorate's annual Innovation award for their "Development of
a Portable Detection System for Measurement of Natural and Man-made Events,"
according to the Engineering Directorate.
The peer-selected award, made in a contest that began in 1996 to promote
innovation and awareness, was given in competition with 11 other
The directorate defines innovation as "the introduction of a novel or
improved product or process that has demonstrated impact to solve an
identifiable problem or issue, as well as the potential for expanded
applications with significant benefits, such as cost, schedule or new
Their innovation "demonstrated measurement of low frequency infrasound for
use with detecting a variety of events, such as clear-air turbulence,
aircraft and potential for early disaster warning systems," according to the
A selection team winnowed the 12 nominations down to eight finalists, who
went to a presentation round.
Finishing second were Kurt Severance and Sam Miller with their “New
Photogrammetry System for Measuring 6-Degrees-of-Freedom (6-DOF) Motion
Using Cameras with Non-Overlapping Fields of View.” It demonstrated
measurement of aerospace vehicle 6-DOF motion and opens potential
applications in wind tunnel and other flight tests.
Third was Paul Brewster, with his “Flash Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR)
Emulator for Hardware In the Loop (HIL) Simulation.” It was a demonstrated
emulator for replacing LIDAR within the systems development and opens up
potential for emulators of all-visual based systems.
Others in the presentation round included:
--Jill Prince and John Dec, for "Aerobraking Temperature Corridor Control,"
which enables more efficient aero-braking missions.
--Charles Antill, Tak-Kwong Ng, Thomas Johnson and Robert Akamine, for
"Flash Solid State Data Recorder for Sensor Test for Orion Rel-Nav Risk
Mitigation (STORRM)," high-speed, high-capacity flash storage in a space
--Michael Kavaya, Grady Koch and Jeffrey Beyon, for "Method for Measuring
All Three Components of Wind with an Airborne Coherent Doppler Wind Lidar
System," which will enable vertical wind component measurements in
applications such as hurricanes.
--Byron Meadows, Audra Bullock and Douglas Hawk, for "STORRM Short Range
Target Reflective Elements," which enabled use of cooperative visual targets
in a space environment.
--And Lucas Horta, Mercedes Reaves and Ralph Buehrle, for "Software Tools
and Algorithms for Dynamic Calibration of the Ares 1-X Flight Vehicle,"
which enabled timely assessment and calibration of the vehicle modes
integrating simulation and test data.
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