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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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Supersonic, UAS research highlighted at NASA social

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The aircraft used in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project include, front from left, a TG-14, a T-34C and the Ikhana remotely piloted aircraft. The back row from left include a B-200, a G-III and a C-90. A NASA Social highlighted two projects, one with…

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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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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 highlights research in X-planes, safer, greener aviation at Aviation 2016

Posted June 10, 2016 by

NASA’s leadership and top aeronautics innovators will discuss the agency’s 10-year plan to transform aviation at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics annual Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, or Aviation 2016.

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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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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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NASA awards thermal infrared sensor-2 instrument cryocooler contract

Posted May 18, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation of Boulder, Colo., for the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument Cryocooler for Landsat 9. This a cost-plus fixed-fee contract in the amount of $18,249,103 million with a deliverable date of February 3, 2018. This action definitizes a letter contract that was issued…

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Armstrong engine shop is one-of-a-kind

Posted May 6, 2016 by Jay Levine

No matter what the challenge with an aircraft engine, Enrique "Henry" Hernandez at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Engine Shop can fix it.

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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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