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X-plane preliminary design model tests quiet supersonic technology

Posted September 22, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Chris Giersch Samantha O’Flaherty, Test Engineer for Jacobs Technology Inc., finalizes the set-up of the Quiet Supersonic Technology Preliminary Design Model inside the 14- by- 22 Foot Subsonic Tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. Over the next several weeks, engineers will conduct aerodynamic tests on the 15% scale model and…

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AFRL erosion testing is out of this world

Posted June 6, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Air Force Research Laboratory researchers are doing their part to make the next Mars rover mission an astronomical success. AFRL recently concluded a series of tests in the Particle Erosion Test Facility, located in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Coatings, Corrosion, and Erosion Laboratory.

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NASA completes welding of LOX tank for first SLS flight

Posted September 15, 2017 by

NASA photograph by Jude Guidry NASA is another step closer to completing all main structures for the agency’s first launch of the Space Launch System deep space rocket. The liquid oxygen flight tank was recently built in the Vertical Assembly Center robotic welder at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. After the liquid oxygen…

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NASA announces early stage innovation space technology research grants

Posted December 5, 2016 by

NASA has selected 13 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies that address high priority needs of America’s space program. The Early Stage Innovations grants from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program are worth as much as $500,000 each. Universities have two to three years to work on their proposed research and…

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Lockheed Martin submits proposals for U.S. Air Force’s GPS IIIF program

Posted April 18, 2018 by

Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III Follow On program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites. The Air Force’s first 10 GPS III satellites, currently in full…

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SOFIA status update

Posted June 29, 2016 by

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), NASA’s flying telescope, was cleared to return to flight on June 27, 2016 (New Zealand date). On June 15, a crack was found in the thrust ring of one of SOFIA’s four Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7J engines during a routine inspection. To rectify the problem SOFIA’s team sourced…

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NASA unveils new searchable video, audio, imagery library for public

Posted March 29, 2017 by

NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to mature development of 1-Newton GR-1 thruster

Posted December 28, 2015 by

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected for a public-private partnership with NASA to mature the design of the 1-Newton GR-1 monopropellant thruster, which uses a green propellant known as AF-M315E. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. Once matured, the improved GR-1 thruster will enable the technology to transition from development to production…

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Boeing WGS-8 satellite nearly doubles bandwidth for military users

Posted December 9, 2016 by

Boeing’s eighth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite will provide nearly twice as much communications bandwidth as previous WGS satellites due to an upgraded digital payload.

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Parabolic flights advance space technologies

Posted June 15, 2018 by

A recent series of parabolic flights onboard Zero Gravity Corporation’s G-FORCE ONE aircraft demonstrated a variety of technologies selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. The flight campaign consisted of two successful flights on March 21, 2018, lifting off from Orlando Sanford International Airport in Florida. 

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