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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 study confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution

Posted March 15, 2017 by

Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment.

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New uniform provides lighter weight without breaking sweat

Posted October 25, 2017 by C. Todd Lopez

The current Army Combat Uniform top weighs in at about 650 grams, or about 1.4 pounds. It's got a lot of pockets and multiple layers of fabric. When it gets wet, it tends to stay wet. And when it's hot out, it tends to keep Soldiers hot.

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NASA Armstrong awards $1 million to U.S. small businesses for technology research, development

Posted June 15, 2018 by

NASA graphic by David Faust This graphic showcases the eight small businesses recently awarded partnerships with NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center to support the development of technologies in the areas of aeronautics and human space exploration and operations and space technology. NASA has selected 304 proposals from U.S. small businesses to advance research and technology…

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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 completes milestone toward quieter supersonic X-plane

Posted June 27, 2017 by

NASA has achieved a significant milestone in its effort to make supersonic passenger jet travel over land a real possibility by completing the preliminary design review of its Quiet Supersonic Transport or QueSST aircraft design.

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Tunnel 9 moves closer to 360-degree TSP capability

Posted January 17, 2018 by Brad Hicks

Air Force photograph The team at AEDC Hypervelocity Tunnel 9, White Oak, Maryland, conducts a test on the Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser using temperature-sensitive paint and the recently-developed plenum view capability prototype. The plenum view prototype allows for data collection from the windward side of a test article and moves Tunnel 9 closer to…

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AFRL viewing aircraft inspections through the lens of technology

Posted August 17, 2018 by Holly Jordan

AFRL researchers are hard at work finding unique ways to make aircraft maintainers’ lives a little easier through a technology many associate most closely with video gaming.

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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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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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