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Military labs developing world-class tech for conflicts of tomorrow

Posted October 3, 2016 by Cheryl Pellerin

World-class scientists and engineers at military laboratories have been creating cutting-edge technologies for warfighters for nearly 100 years.

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Tech Report: Adaptive optics

Posted October 3, 2016 by

Space will soon be a contested environment, and the U.S. Air Force is taking steps to ensure it has the best possible observation and information about what is out there.

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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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NASA seeks proposals to guide development of ultra-efficient transport X-planes

Posted July 22, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Lillian Gipson NASA and its partners plan to design, build and fly X-planes fueled by green energy, that use half the fuel and are only half as loud. NASA is looking for partners in its efforts to design X-planes to help demonstrate greener, quieter airliner technologies. The agency has put out a…

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NASA flights to track greenhouse gases across Eastern United States

Posted July 8, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Patrick Black The Atmospheric Carbon and Transport–America, or ACT-America, campaign will observe greenhouse gas transport with instruments on two NASA aircraft including the C-130H from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. This month, NASA begins an airborne experiment to improve scientists’ understanding of the sources of two powerful greenhouse gases…

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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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Modular, adjustable: A test plane for any occasion

Posted June 17, 2016 by

Area-I Inc. photograph The Prototype-Technology Evaluation Research Aircraft, or PTERA, was flown and tested in Georgia skies in 2014. The aircraft, a 10-percent scale model of a medium-range twinjet airplane, can be used to test any number of aeronautical technologies, from advanced control algorithms to avant-garde wing designs. Looking to make a plane that was…

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Supersonic, UAS research highlighted at NASA social

Posted June 17, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The aircraft used in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the National Airspace System project include, front from left, a TG-14, a T-34C and the Ikhana remotely piloted aircraft. The back row from left include a B-200, a G-III and a C-90. A NASA Social highlighted two projects, one with…

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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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NASA awards grants for university research, development programs

Posted June 17, 2016 by

NASA is awarding approximately $8 million to 11 schools across the country for research and technology development projects in areas critical to the agency’s mission. The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program supports science and technology research and development at colleges and universities in areas, such as remote sensing, nanotechnology, astrophysics and aeronautics. All…

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