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NASA gets down to earth this year with globe-spanning expeditions

Posted March 25, 2016 by

NASA is sending scientists around the world in 2016 — from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet to the coral reefs of the South Pacific — to delve into challenging questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it. While Earth science field experiments are nothing new for…

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NASA awards grants to two universities for STEM education programs

Posted June 8, 2016 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has selected two minority serving institutions for cooperative agreement awards totaling approximately $1 million to help strengthen science, technology, engineering and math curricula at the schools. Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala., and New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, will receive as much as $500,000 each….

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CFD verifies new AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 nozzle design

Posted November 22, 2017 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force image The new Mach 18 nozzle design at the AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 at the AEDC site in White Oak, Md., near Silver Spring, has been successfully verified using computational fluid dynamic codes. This image shows computed contours of Mach number within the new Mach 18 nozzle design. The new Mach 18…

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Teachers Make Water Filtration System for Earth Science Week

Posted November 4, 2016 by

NASA photograph Educators pour water into their handmade water filtration system watching as it is filtered through many layers to become drinkable. AV educators worked in teams using household items such as drinking bottles and cotton balls to build a water filtration system. The activity was part of an Earth Science Week workshop held at…

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Story Time: ONR researchers create ‘human user manual’ for robots

Posted June 17, 2016 by Warren Duffie Jr.

With support from the Office of Naval Research, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an artificial intelligence software program named Quixote to teach robots to read stories, learn acceptable behavior and understand successful ways to conduct themselves in diverse social situations.

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New battery technology saves Soldiers time, money on the battlefield

Posted January 24, 2018 by Kathryn Bailey

Twenty years ago, one phone call between two Army engineers led to a cost-effective lithium-ion battery solution for what was then an up-and-coming guided missile system.

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Lockheed Martin contract to marry machine learning with 3-D printing for more reliable parts

Posted October 3, 2018 by

Today, 3-D printing generates parts used in ships, planes, vehicles and spacecraft, but it also requires a lot of babysitting. High-value and intricate parts sometimes require constant monitoring by expert specialists to get them right. Furthermore, if any one section of a part is below par, it can render the whole part unusable.

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For the first time, Army sensors can detect aircraft damage as it occurs

Posted November 17, 2017 by T'Jae Ellis

For the first time ever, a team of researchers successfully developed and tested networked acoustic emission sensors that can detect airframe damage on conceptual composite UH-60 Black Hawk rotorcraft.

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NASA research could save commercial airlines billions in new era of aviation

Posted January 4, 2016 by

The nation’s airlines could realize more than $250 billion dollars in savings in the near future thanks to green-related technologies developed and refined by NASA’s aeronautics researchers during the past six years.

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X-56A ground vibration testing

Posted May 20, 2016 by

Researchers at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center conducted ground vibration testing on the X-56A flex wing, at the center’s Flight Loads Laboratory. Data collected from the impact testing includes Fiber Optic Sensing System information, photogrammetry, flight accelerometers and ground vibration accelerometers. The testing is important for studying wing characteristics before integration with the fuselage. The…

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