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NASA begins work to build quieter supersonic passenger jet

Posted February 29, 2016 by

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft.

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Minot tests Minuteman III with launch from Vandenberg AFB

Posted February 22, 2016 by

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Neb., aboard the Airborne Launch Control System, launched an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Feb. 20.

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NASA Global Hawk to begin NOAA El Nino storm mission

Posted February 19, 2016 by Kate Squires

NASA and NOAA are teaming up again to send NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk out over the Pacific to take a closer look at storms brewed by this year’s strong El Niño.

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Piloted, electric propulsion-powered experimental aircraft underway

Posted February 19, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA is researching ideas that could lead to developing an electric propulsion-powered aircraft that would be quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly than today's commuter aircraft.

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Major aeronautics initiative in proposed budget

Posted February 19, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA illustration A proposed $3.7 billion 10-year aeronautics initiative includes development of technology demonstrators. From left, clockwise, are concepts of a hybrid wing airplane, a supersonic demonstrator and an electric propulsion aircraft. NASA aeronautics could see its biggest boost in more than a decade if a $3.7 billion plan is approved that would bring agency-matured…

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NASA Global Hawk studies severe El Nino weather over Pacific

Posted February 5, 2016 by

The NASA Global Hawk will conduct several missions to collect detailed data over the Pacific Ocean from complex El Niño weather patterns resulting from variations in ocean temperatures across the equator. The Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawk missions will take place from February to March as part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-led missions. The…

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AFOSR awards grants to 56 recipients through its Young Investigator Research Program

Posted January 20, 2016 by

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced Jan. 14 that it will award approximately $20.6 million in grants to 56 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions…

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NASA Armstrong advanced aeronautics, science, technology in 2015

Posted January 8, 2016 by

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., helped advance the agency’s overall missions of aeronautics research, Earth and space science and aerospace technology during 2015.

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NASA Armstrong aircraft boasts new paint job

Posted January 8, 2016 by

NASA photograph The F-15D No. 897 jet used for research support and pilot proficiency, seen in flight above the Mojave Desert. Two NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center F-15D Eagle aircraft used for research support and pilot proficiency are getting new paint jobs. The aircraft sported charcoal grey when they were U.S. Air Force jets prior…

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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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