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NASA announces early stage innovations space tech research grants

Posted November 21, 2014 by timchisham

NASA image by Eric Stern Advanced thermal protection materials modeling using the Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method simulates the flow through porous TPS materials. Research into these sorts of advanced technologies enable the journey to Mars and enable future exploration. NASA has selected 11 university-led proposals for the study of innovative, early stage technologies…

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NASA awards launch services contract for Ionospheric Connection Explorer

Posted November 21, 2014 by

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., to provide launch services for the Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission. ICON is targeted to launch in June 2017 from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands aboard a Pegasus XL launch vehicle from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 aircraft. The total…

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NASA selects student teams for high-powered rocket challenge

Posted November 21, 2014 by

NASA has selected eight teams from middle and high schools across the country to participate in the 2014-2015 NASA Student Launch Challenge, April 7-12, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Student Launch Challenge engages students in a research-based, experiential exploration activity. Teams participating in the challenge must design, build and…

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Northrop Grumman awarded advanced technology microwave sounder JPSS

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $121 million contract by NASA to build and deliver the third Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System. ATMS provides critical atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles to support weather forecasting. The instrument has 22 channels spanning the frequency band from 23.8 GHz to 183.3 GHz. Under…

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NASA DC-8 continues west Antarctic ice study

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Jim Yungel The Thurston Island calving front off of western Antarctica as seen from the window of NASA’s DC-8 flying observatory Nov. 5, 2014. NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory has two weeks of support remaining in the agency’s sixth Operation IceBridge mission to study parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet and ice…

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NASA opens registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Emmett Given Pedaling across a simulated alien landscape of rock, craters and shifting sand is one of the nearly 90 teams of high school, college and university students from across the United States and around the world who competed in the first NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 11-12 at the U.S….

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Lockheed Martin begins final assembly of NASA’s next Mars lander

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Lockheed Martin has started the assembly, test and launch operations phase for NASA’s InSight Mars lander spacecraft.

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NASA tests revolutionary shape changing aircraft flap for first time

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich For taxi testing, the ACTE flap was extended to 20 degrees deflection. Flight results will validate whether the seamless design with its advanced lightweight materials can reduce wing structural weight, improve fuel economy and efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts. NASA’s green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology…

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NASA receives fourth consecutive clean audit opinion

Posted November 17, 2014 by

NASA has received an unmodified, or clean, audit opinion on its fiscal year 2014 financial statements, marking the fourth consecutive year of clean opinions. The agency has released its fiscal year 2014 Agency Financial Report, which provides details on its financial results and performance highlights. The auditor’s unmodified opinion on our financial statements in fiscal…

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Loads lab prepping for some red-hot projects

Posted November 17, 2014 by Jay Levin

Projects at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory will be hot in the future. Or at least that’s the idea as the laboratory staff prepares for possible work on three separate heat shield projects for the agency.

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