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Wi-Fi in space, spacecraft technologies launched on Blue Origin rocket

Posted May 18, 2018 by

A company vying to be the first internet service provider in space as well as a NASA monitoring system for testing technologies on suborbital vehicles were both carried into space when Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket successfully launched April 29.

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AFRL green monopropellant licensed to Nevada small business

Posted February 7, 2018 by Mindy Cooper

Courtesy photograph Milton McKay, a now-retired member of the AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate Propellants Branch handles a sample of AF-M315E, a green alternative to hydrazine. AFRL recently licensed the propellant to Digital Solid State Propulsion for commercialization. A recently signed Air Force Research Laboratory patent licensing agreement will enable commercialization of a green alternative to…

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50 years ago: The lunar landing training vehicle

Posted December 8, 2017 by

NASA photograph Neil Armstrong in the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle-2 at Ellington Air Force Base in 1969. Critical to the Apollo training program, the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle allowed astronauts to master the intricacies of landing on the Moon by simulating the Lunar Module’s performance. Dubbed the “flying bedstead,” the ungainly contraption is “a much…

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World View successfully flight tests groundbreaking altitude control technology

Posted October 18, 2017 by

Long-duration stratospheric research missions could allow scientists to collect vast amounts of data continuously for their payloads. Such missions could benefit NASA by maturing future space technology as well as allowing for Earth observations, such as storm monitoring and forest fire tracking.

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Posted October 18, 2017 by

Earlier this year, a very publicized malicious software, or malware, called WannaCry plagued many machines affecting airports, banks, hospitals and many other facilities. This virus took computer systems hostage, threatening to delete files. WannaCry required a fee to be paid before the computer would be released and was spread using email, Dropbox links and other…

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NASA technology may reduce airframe noise during landing

Posted October 18, 2017 by

NASA has concluded a flight test series to investigate technologies that may significantly reduce airframe noise for communities near airports. The flights, which gathered data that will be used to examine the acoustic benefits of two NASA aeronautical technologies, were completed in October.

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Edwards testers get feel for new experimental light attack aircraft

Posted September 6, 2017 by Kenji Thuloweit

The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently sent three test pilots and two flight test engineers to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico to participate in the Air Force’s Light Attack Experiment.

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NASA flights to produce sonic booms at Kennedy supersonic research

Posted August 3, 2017 by

NASA's research to advance supersonic flight will take wing over the launch site for the agency's storied space program in August.

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Robotic arm tool poised to save costly inspection time

Posted February 22, 2017 by Holly Jordan

A common problem for aircraft maintainers may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to an Air Force Research Laboratory advanced inspection robotics research effort.

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NASA research is key to future of air transportation

Posted January 13, 2017 by

In the future, aircraft will consume half as much fuel compared to today, generate one-fourth the emissions they do now, fly so quietly that airport neighbors won’t hear annoying noise and fly passengers at supersonic speeds while burning biofuels.

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