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NASA launches eighth year of Antarctic ice change airborne survey

Posted October 21, 2016 by

NASA photograph by John Sonntag The mountains of northern Alexander Island in the Antarctic Peninsula, passing under the left wing of the DC-8 aircraft carrying Operation IceBridge¹s scientists and instruments on Oct. 14, 2016. At the southern end of the Earth, a NASA plane carrying a team of scientists and a sophisticated instrument suite to…

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NASA plans first beyond visual line-of-sight drone demo

Posted October 14, 2016 by

In mid-October NASA partners will fly five unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, beyond visual line-of-sight of their human operators-in-command, to test planning, tracking and alerting capabilities of NASA’s UAS traffic management research platform.

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A laser-sharp view of blended wing body plane design

Posted October 14, 2016 by

NASA photograph by David C. Bowman Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., used lasers inside the 14- by 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel to map how air flows over a Boeing Blended Wing Body (BWB) model – a greener, quieter airplane design under development. The name for the technique is called particle image velocimetry. If you…

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Military labs developing world-class tech for conflicts of tomorrow

Posted October 3, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

World-class scientists and engineers at military laboratories have been creating cutting-edge technologies for warfighters for nearly 100 years.

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Tech Report: Adaptive optics

Posted October 3, 2016 by

Space will soon be a contested environment, and the U.S. Air Force is taking steps to ensure it has the best possible observation and information about what is out there.

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NASA, France to collaborate on aircraft noise research

Posted October 3, 2016 by

During bilateral meetings in Daejeon, South Korea, NASA and France’s Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales signed an agreement Sept. 27 to collaborate on research that focuses on mitigating the effects of civil air transportation noise.  “Noise is a major issue affecting not only the aviation community, but citizens around the world that live…

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NASA seeks proposals to guide development of ultra-efficient transport X-planes

Posted July 22, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Lillian Gipson NASA and its partners plan to design, build and fly X-planes fueled by green energy, that use half the fuel and are only half as loud. NASA is looking for partners in its efforts to design X-planes to help demonstrate greener, quieter airliner technologies. The agency has put out a…

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NASA flights to track greenhouse gases across Eastern United States

Posted July 8, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Patrick Black The Atmospheric Carbon and Transport–America, or ACT-America, campaign will observe greenhouse gas transport with instruments on two NASA aircraft including the C-130H from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. This month, NASA begins an airborne experiment to improve scientists’ understanding of the sources of two powerful greenhouse gases…

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Electric motor test stand will help with future X-planes

Posted July 1, 2016 by Jay Levine

Before the first electric propulsion X-planes fly, such as the X-57, researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research in California are using a unique test stand to understand the intricacies of how electric motor systems work.

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Modular, adjustable: A test plane for any occasion

Posted June 17, 2016 by

Area-I Inc. photograph The Prototype-Technology Evaluation Research Aircraft, or PTERA, was flown and tested in Georgia skies in 2014. The aircraft, a 10-percent scale model of a medium-range twinjet airplane, can be used to test any number of aeronautical technologies, from advanced control algorithms to avant-garde wing designs. Looking to make a plane that was…

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