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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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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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New probe could improve sonic boom investigation

Posted March 18, 2016 by by Jay Levine,

An air data probe intended to improve investigation of sonic booms is flying on the F-15B aircraft at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. Calif.

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RoboSTEM Expo inspires students

Posted March 4, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s Robotics Team 5012, Gryffingear, hosted their inaugural RoboSTEM Expo at the Pioneer Center in Lancaster, Calif., Feb 27.

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SOFIA begins fourth year of observations

Posted March 4, 2016 by

Targets planets, asteroids, stars, galaxies, more   NASA’s “flying” telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aboard a highly modified Boeing 747SP jetliner, began its fourth series of science flights Feb. 3, 2016. This operational period, known as “Cycle 4,” is a one-year-long observing period in which SOFIA is scheduled for 106 flights between…

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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 begins work to build quieter supersonic passenger jet

Posted February 29, 2016 by

The return of supersonic passenger air travel is one step closer to reality with NASA's award of a contract for the preliminary design of a “low boom” flight demonstration aircraft.

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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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NASA Global Hawk to begin NOAA El Nino storm mission

Posted February 19, 2016 by Kate Squires

NASA and NOAA are teaming up again to send NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk out over the Pacific to take a closer look at storms brewed by this year’s strong El Niño.

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Piloted, electric propulsion-powered experimental aircraft underway

Posted February 19, 2016 by Jay Levine

NASA is researching ideas that could lead to developing an electric propulsion-powered aircraft that would be quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendly than today's commuter aircraft.

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