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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 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, Boeing testing synthetic vision technologies

Posted November 3, 2017 by

NASA and Boeing are working together under a new Space Act Agreement to improve flight training and aviation safety using NASA’s synthetic vision technologies and Boeing’s 787 simulators.

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Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 celebrates an historic milestone this month

Posted October 25, 2017 by Bradley Hicks

In the same year the U.S. Air Force is celebrating its 70th anniversary, Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 is celebrating a historic milestone of its own.

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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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Unique high-brilliance X-ray sheds new light on additive manufacturing process

Posted October 23, 2017 by Holly Jordan

The Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate researchers recently took advantage of a unique and rare research opportunity to better understand the behavior of materials used in the additive manufacturing process.

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AFOSR awards grants to 60 scientists, engineers through Young Investigator Research Program

Posted October 20, 2017 by

In January 2016, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded approximately $20.6 million in grants to 56 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. This is to acknowledge an additional YIP recipient increasing the number of awards to…

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AFRL developing AgilePod ‘family’ to augment sensing grid

Posted October 18, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

Building on the recent success of AgilePod ‘1.0,’ Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have embarked on a new “mini” AgilePod effort to increase the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the platform by decreasing the footprint of the sensing ‘lab in the sky.’

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AFRL, Harvard researchers invent method of 3-D printing for flexible electronics

Posted October 18, 2017 by Marisa Alia-Novobilski

It is often said that ‘two heads are better than one;’ for the Air Force, leveraging the expertise and insights of academia has led to advances in materials development and processing destined to be a game changer for the future fight.

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NASA Langley puts supersonic X-plane model to the test

Posted October 16, 2017 by Tamara Dietrich

A day trip to Moscow? Paris for lunch? NASA’s quest for low-boom supersonic aircraft technology could one day revolutionize commercial air travel. Now NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., is putting a sleek supersonic model plane through its paces in its 14-by-22 wind tunnel to move that vision closer to reality. It’s called the…

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