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NASA’s Prandtl makes successful first flight

Posted November 20, 2015 by Linda KC Reynolds

Flying wings are nothing new in aerospace, the Soviet Union began designing and building them in 1946 -- the Horten brothers from Germany and aerospace companies from United States, Russia, France and United Kingdom have built them; however, none are designed quite like the Prandtl-D.

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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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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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Environmentally-safe red glare rocket changes fireworks, Soldier technology

Posted January 26, 2018 by T'Jae Ellis

Army photograph by Dr. Jesse Sabatini U.S. and German researchers teamed to develop an environmentally-friendly red light flare. The formula is a lithium-based red-light-emitting pyrotechnic composition of high purity and color quality, and avoids a list of potentially toxic elements, namely strontium and chlorinated organic materials. Here, they captured a mid-burn image of the strontium-…

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Touchdown! NASA’s football stadium-sized scientific balloon takes flight

Posted September 5, 2018 by

NASA photograph The “Big 60,” NASA’s largest scientific balloon was launched from Fort Sumner, N.M., on Aug. 17, 2018. NASA successfully launched a football stadium-sized scientific balloon, dubbed the “Big 60,” on Aug. 17, from Fort Sumner, N.M., for the first time in more than 15 years. A second test flight was conducted Aug. 25….

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Minot tests Minuteman III with launch from Vandenberg AFB

Posted February 22, 2016 by

A team of Air Force Global Strike Command airmen from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron at Offutt AFB, Neb., aboard the Airborne Launch Control System, launched an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile Feb. 20.

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Teachers Make Water Filtration System for Earth Science Week

Posted November 4, 2016 by

NASA photograph Educators pour water into their handmade water filtration system watching as it is filtered through many layers to become drinkable. AV educators worked in teams using household items such as drinking bottles and cotton balls to build a water filtration system. The activity was part of an Earth Science Week workshop held at…

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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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NASA helps test new engine oils

Posted May 4, 2018 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Scott Rogers pours a new bio-based synthetic engine oil into one of the vehicles that Armstrong is using to assist in the performance testing of the new product. NASA is assisting with performance testing and validating of three new bio-based engine oils that developers said could lead to better gas…

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AFRL aids NASA in lofty endeavor

Posted November 9, 2018 by Holly Jordan

Ingenuity and collaboration were the keys to success as a group of Air Force Research Laboratory engineers took a series of tests to new heights. At the request of NASA, AFRL rapid-response Systems Support researchers delved into the realm of space to help determine the effects of unintended electrical arcing on astronaut space suits during extravehicular maintenance.

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