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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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Air Force teams with industry to further aircraft and radome coating research

Posted September 29, 2017 by Mindy Cooper

Compass Technologies Group photograph The small-scale Microwave Mapping Transparency Sensor System is shown. The system was developed by Compass Technologies Group under an Air Force Small Business Innovative Research agreement and loaned to the company through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. The Air Force…

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Soldiers’ situational awareness improved using micro-displays, augmented reality

Posted March 26, 2018 by David Vergun

Several new technologies are being developed that, once combined, will provide Soldiers an unprecedented overview of the battlefield.

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Lockheed Martin contract to marry machine learning with 3-D printing for more reliable parts

Posted October 3, 2018 by

Today, 3-D printing generates parts used in ships, planes, vehicles and spacecraft, but it also requires a lot of babysitting. High-value and intricate parts sometimes require constant monitoring by expert specialists to get them right. Furthermore, if any one section of a part is below par, it can render the whole part unusable.

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