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Air Force patent license could lead to natural fiber automotive components

Posted April 27, 2017 by Jaclyn Knapp

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research signed a Patent License Agreement with Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. that allows the company to use an Air Force developed fiber welding process in the creation of automotive components. Air Force research showed that with proper solvents and control, polymers from neighboring natural fibers interact and individual fibers…

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NASA selects new technologies to flight test

Posted November 3, 2017 by

NASA has selected nine space technologies to test on low-gravity-simulating aircraft, high-altitude balloons or suborbital rockets. The opportunity to fly on these vehicles helps advance technologies closer to practical use by taking them from a laboratory environment to a real-world environment.

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NASA study improves understanding of LA quake risks

Posted November 6, 2015 by Alan Buis

A new NASA-led analysis of a moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake that shook Greater Los Angeles in 2014 finds that the earthquake deformed Earth's crust across a broad region encompassing the northern Los Angeles Basin and northern Orange County.

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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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AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power

Posted July 19, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Air Force photograph Dr. Santanu Bag, a project scientist at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, is exploring cost-efficient manufacturing of solar cells using additive technology. Inspired by newspaper printing, and taking cues from additive manufacturing technology, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory are exploring new ways to make solar cells…

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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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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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AFRL Fuels & Energy enables future of flight

Posted October 13, 2017 by John Harrington

Besides the octane rating and price, most drivers probably don’t think too much about the fuel they put in their cars. And, with modern engines and normal driving conditions, that’s probably OK for the mass majority.

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NASA preparing for fourth series of flight tests of unmanned aircraft

Posted April 20, 2016 by

NASA and its partners, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Honeywell International and the RTCA Special Committee (SC)-228, are validating and advancing technologies that will assist the Federal Aviation Administration as they develop the regulations to allow integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System.

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DARPA funds brain-stimulation research to speed learning

Posted April 28, 2017 by Cheryl Pellerin

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with seven U.S. universities and elements of the Air Force and Army on research that seeks to stimulate the brain in a non-invasive way to speed up learning.

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