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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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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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Sun-powered cars show off STEM students’ ingenuity

Posted July 27, 2018 by Kenji Thuloweit

Fueled only by the sun’s rays, 26 custom-built cars made their way across the United States on a trek that ended at the Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale, Calif., July 23, 2018, for the finale of this year’s Solar Car Challenge.

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Students fly prototype of potential Mars airplane

Posted September 3, 2016 by Jay Levine

Some interns get coffee. Others might make copies. Not at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, where a group of students successfully flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day fly in the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to Earth.

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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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RASCAL pod innovation enhances test capabilities

Posted July 18, 2016 by Christopher Ball

Innovation is the introduction of something new, an improved product or method. One innovation that’s not necessarily new but continues to demonstrate innovation is the RASCAL pod program at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

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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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NASA Armstrong previews worldwide atmospheric mission

Posted July 23, 2016 by

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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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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