Angela Pierce
Media Relations Office

November 10, 2009
RELEASE : 09-057
NASA Glenn Receives Three R&D 100 Awards
CLEVELAND -- Three research teams at NASA's Glenn Research Center have been recognized by the editors of R&D Magazine for the prestigious R&D 100 Awards. The awards will be presented at a banquet on Thursday, November 12 at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld in Florida.

The R&D 100 Award is given to the top 100 most technologically significant products of the year. The awards have been helping companies provide the important initial push a new product needs to compete successfully in the marketplace. It provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year.

The three Glenn award winners are:

The Optimal Trajectories by Implicit Simulation version 4 software, or OTIS4, is a general purpose program used to perform trajectory performance studies. Its principal application includes the preliminary design of aerospace vehicles. The trajectory performance is linked to the physical design of the vehicle by factors such as weight, fuel tank volume and solar array sizing. OTIS4 also received NASA's 2008 Software of the Year award and received special recognition in May 2009 at the Northeast Ohio Software Association annual Best of Tech award in the category of Best Software Product. Members of the team are John P. Riehl, Waldy K. Sjauw and Robert D. Falck of Glenn's Mission Design and Analysis Branch, along with Stephen Paris from Boeing Research and Technology.

The Mini-Classifier is a compact low-power device that measures size distributions of aerosols, including ultrafine components less than 100 nanometers (about four millionths of an inch), which are of great interest to epidemiology and respiratory health. This development represents a significant advancement in particle measurement technology. Members of the team are Glenn's Paul Greenberg of the Combustion and Reacting Systems Branch; Patrick Spanos and Al Blaze of the Machining Branch; William Yanis with National Center for Space Exploration Research in Cleveland; and Da-Ren Chen and Chaolong Qi with Washington University in St. Louis.

The L-3 ETI Model 2300HE is a high efficiency space traveling wave tube amplifier for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. This high efficiency, high reliability microwave power amplifier is capable of transmitting science data and images from the moon to Earth faster than previously possible. It is the first high data rate K-band transmitter to fly on a NASA spacecraft. Members of the team are Dr. Rainee Simons of Glenn in collaboration with Paul Spitsen, William Menninger, Neal Robbins, Daniel Bibb and Phillip Todd of L-3 Communications Electron Technologies Inc., Torrance, Calif.

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