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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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AFRL developing AgilePod ‘family’ to augment sensing grid

Posted October 18, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Building on the recent success of AgilePod ‘1.0,’ Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have embarked on a new “mini” AgilePod effort to increase the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the platform by decreasing the footprint of the sensing ‘lab in the sky.’

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NASA makes dozens of patents available in public domain to benefit U.S. industry

Posted May 6, 2016 by

NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogs thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain. These technologies were developed to advance NASA missions…

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NASA selects new technologies to flight test

Posted November 3, 2017 by

NASA has selected nine space technologies to test on low-gravity-simulating aircraft, high-altitude balloons or suborbital rockets. The opportunity to fly on these vehicles helps advance technologies closer to practical use by taking them from a laboratory environment to a real-world environment.

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NASA, Boeing testing synthetic vision technologies

Posted November 3, 2017 by

NASA and Boeing are working together under a new Space Act Agreement to improve flight training and aviation safety using NASA’s synthetic vision technologies and Boeing’s 787 simulators.

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SOFIA now accepting observing proposals

Posted May 6, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas SOFIA lifts off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., at sunset. The Science Center for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is now accepting proposals for observing flights from February 2017 to January 2018. The observatory’s position, above more than 99 percent of the water vapor in…

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University research teams to study potential aeronautical innovations

Posted April 7, 2017 by

NASA photograph NASA has selected five university-led teams for potential awards that will have them spend up to five years exploring novel ideas for improving aviation, including wireless networks, aircraft structures, information systems, advanced design methods and electric propulsion. Imagine an aircraft structure that can change its shape in flight to reduce the sonic boom…

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Aviation renaissance

Posted November 8, 2017 by

An aviation renaissance, one focused on energy efficiency and economic impact, is on the horizon, and it’s changing how engineers look at aircraft power and design. 

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NASA awards grants for university research, development programs

Posted June 17, 2016 by

NASA is awarding approximately $8 million to 11 schools across the country for research and technology development projects in areas critical to the agency’s mission. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program supports science and technology research and development at colleges and universities in areas, such as remote sensing, nanotechnology, astrophysics and aeronautics. All…

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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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