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NASA prepares to go public with quiet supersonic tech

Posted July 6, 2018 by

Arriving 49,000 feet above the test site, higher than the airlines fly, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center test pilot Jim “Clue” Less shuts down his F/A-18’s afterburners moving just shy of Mach 1, the speed of sound, or about 630 mph at this altitude.

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Experimental wing verified during loads testing

Posted December 7, 2018 by Jay Levine

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich The Passive Aeroelastic Tailored (PAT) wing bends under pressure from the highest loads applied during testing at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Structural tests on a uniquely designed, high-aspect ratio, light-weight test wing this fall proved new design and fabrication methods. The 39-foot-long Passive Aeroelastic Tailored (PAT) wing…

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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 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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NASA Armstrong previews worldwide atmospheric mission

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NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., hosted media representatives July 7, giving them an overview of the upcoming Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) airborne science mission that will use the center's DC-8 airplane.

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Air Force advances rocket technology

Posted September 7, 2016 by

Tests first full-scale component of Hydrocarbon Boost Program The United States is one step closer to eliminating its reliance on Russian technology to launch its military satellites. The Hydrocarbon Boost Technology Demonstrator, a U.S. Air Force technology effort focused on development of Oxygen Rich Staged Combustion rocket engine technology, has recently completed its first full-scale…

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Innovation: F-35 maintenance virtual reality/augmented reality initiative

Posted December 26, 2018 by Maj. Dacia Sexton

Leveraging new technologies is what innovation is all about, and Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Neilson had a creative idea to establish an interactive virtual/augmented reality capability at the F-35 Integrated Test Force to conduct maintenance-related training.

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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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New test force focuses on autonomy, unmanned aircraft, new technologies

Posted October 14, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

The 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has a new organization that will explore the Air Force warfighting capabilities of tomorrow.

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