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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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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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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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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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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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New BAF innovative technology goes LIVE

Posted November 5, 2018 by Maj. Dacia Sexton

Recently, innovators working in the Bene?eld Anechoic Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., teamed with Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Electronic Warfare and Avionics Division of the Agile Combat Support Directorate to execute the Closed Loop Operational Test Vertical Testability Demonstration using the Laboratory Intelligence Validated Emulator (LIVE) here.

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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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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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Electric motor test stand will help with future X-planes

Posted July 1, 2016 by Jay Levine

Before the first electric propulsion X-planes fly, such as the X-57, researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research in California are using a unique test stand to understand the intricacies of how electric motor systems work.

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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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