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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 awards grants to two universities for STEM education programs

Posted June 8, 2016 by

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has selected two minority serving institutions for cooperative agreement awards totaling approximately $1 million to help strengthen science, technology, engineering and math curricula at the schools. Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala., and New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn, will receive as much as $500,000 each….

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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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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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Armstrong engine shop is one-of-a-kind

Posted May 6, 2016 by Jay Levine

No matter what the challenge with an aircraft engine, Enrique "Henry" Hernandez at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Engine Shop can fix it.

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SOFIA now accepting observing proposals

Posted May 6, 2016 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas SOFIA lifts off from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., at sunset. The Science Center for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, is now accepting proposals for observing flights from February 2017 to January 2018. The observatory’s position, above more than 99 percent of the water vapor in…

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Michael Watkins named next JPL director

Posted May 6, 2016 by

Michael M. Watkins, the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Center for Space Research at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced May 2.

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NASA makes dozens of patents available in public domain to benefit U.S. industry

Posted May 6, 2016 by

NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogs thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain. These technologies were developed to advance NASA missions…

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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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Flying wing-shaped experimental airplane validating new wing design method

Posted April 1, 2016 by Jay Levine

Future aircraft fuel efficiency could be dramatically increased thanks to ideas validated with increasingly complex subscale, experimental, remotely piloted aircraft at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California.

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