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NASA awards thermal infrared sensor-2 instrument cryocooler contract

Posted May 18, 2016 by

NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation of Boulder, Colo., for the Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument Cryocooler for Landsat 9. This a cost-plus fixed-fee contract in the amount of $18,249,103 million with a deliverable date of February 3, 2018. This action definitizes a letter contract that was issued…

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X-planes could lead to substantial aviation improvements, big economic benefits

Posted April 1, 2016 by Jay Levine

A new NASA initiative could redefine current airplanes by building confidence in new technologies and designs that could lead to aircraft that substantially reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise. In addition, the plan includes an experimental aircraft aimed to enable commercial supersonic flight.

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Tri-Service effort leverages synthetic biology expertise to address future warfighter needs

Posted September 29, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Taking advantage of Department of Defense research laboratory expertise in chemistry, biology, computer science and material science and engineering, a collaborative, $45 million tri-service effort is changing the way the DOD exploits biological systems.

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Electric motor test stand will help with future X-planes

Posted July 1, 2016 by Jay Levine

Before the first electric propulsion X-planes fly, such as the X-57, researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research in California are using a unique test stand to understand the intricacies of how electric motor systems work.

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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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CFD verifies new AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 nozzle design

Posted November 22, 2017 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force image The new Mach 18 nozzle design at the AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 at the AEDC site in White Oak, Md., near Silver Spring, has been successfully verified using computational fluid dynamic codes. This image shows computed contours of Mach number within the new Mach 18 nozzle design. The new Mach 18…

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NASA licenses new comm technology for unmanned aircraft

Posted March 4, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Vigilant Aerospace Systems CEO Kraettli Epperson, on the left, and Armstrong Flight Research Center Director David McBride sign the agreement for the company to commercialize aircraft tracking system for unmanned aircraft. NASA has developed technology that may enable unmanned aircraft to fly safely in the national airspace along with piloted…

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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 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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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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