Computer programs that are used to define safety margins for fiery spacecraft re-entries and help detect planets outside our solar system are co-winners of NASA's 2007 Software of the Year Award.
Software engineers at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA, developed the Data-Parallel Line Relaxation, or DPLR, which is used to analyze and predict the extreme environments human and robotic spacecraft experience during super high-speed entries into planetary atmospheres.
At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, software engineers developed the Adaptive Modified Gerchberg-Saxton Phase Retrieval program. The software uses a telescope's science camera with innovative and robust algorithms to characterize possible errors that limit its imaging performance. The software has been integrated into calibration control loops to correct those errors, and can achieve orders of magnitude improvement in sensitivity and resolution.
A seven-person team from JPL is responsible for the Adaptive Modified Gerchberg-Saxton Phase Retrieval Software: Scott Basinger, Siddarayappa Bikkannavar, David Cohen, Joseph Green, Catherine Ohara, David Redding and Fang Shi. Redding is a member of SPIE, and many other team members have contributed numerous papers to SPIE symposia in recent years.
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