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Air Force Tech Report

Posted September 14, 2018 by

Getting help to the right location for land rescues in the aftermath of a major hurricane falls to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. They’re the single agency responsible for coordinating on-land federal search and rescue activities in the 48 contiguous United States while providing assistance to Mexico and Canada. When a distress call comes…

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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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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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Army looks to partner with private industry on unmanned aviation technology

Posted August 23, 2017 by David McNally

At a small airfield near the nation's capital, an innovative group of engineers is designing and building futuristic aircraft that are catching the attention of Army researchers.

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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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Aviation renaissance

Posted November 8, 2017 by

An aviation renaissance, one focused on energy efficiency and economic impact, is on the horizon, and it’s changing how engineers look at aircraft power and design. 

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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 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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For the first time, Army sensors can detect aircraft damage as it occurs

Posted November 17, 2017 by T'Jae Ellis

For the first time ever, a team of researchers successfully developed and tested networked acoustic emission sensors that can detect airframe damage on conceptual composite UH-60 Black Hawk rotorcraft.

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NASA, France to collaborate on aircraft noise research

Posted October 3, 2016 by

During bilateral meetings in Daejeon, South Korea, NASA and France’s Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales signed an agreement Sept. 27 to collaborate on research that focuses on mitigating the effects of civil air transportation noise.  “Noise is a major issue affecting not only the aviation community, but citizens around the world that live…

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