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NASA, partners test unmanned aircraft systems

Posted June 24, 2015 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Ikhana is being used to test a system that will allow uncrewed aircraft to fly routine operations within the National Airspace System. NASA, working with government and industry partners, is testing a system that would make it possible for unmanned aircraft to fly routine operations in United States airspace. Through the agency’s…

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NASA-developed air traffic management tool flies into use

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A new software tool developed by NASA, and being deployed by the Federal Aviation Administration, is positioned to help air traffic controllers manage the nation’s skies.

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Robotics teams prepare to compete for $1.5 million in NASA Challenge

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Twenty robotics teams, ranging from university students to small businesses, are preparing to compete June 8-13 in the fourth running of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge for a prize purse of $1.5 million.

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NASA invests in future of aviation with supersonic research projects

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Quieter, greener supersonic travel is the focus of eight studies selected by NASAís Commercial Supersonic Technology Project to receive more than $2.3 million in funding for research that may help overcome the remaining barriers to commercial supersonic flight. The research, which will be conducted by universities and industry, will address sonic booms and high-altitude emissions…

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Sensors Directorate co-sponsors autonomous aerial vehicle competition

Posted May 8, 2015 by John Scaggs

Members from the University of Toledo, Ohio, team make adjustments to their multirotor aircraft prior to the autonomous aerial vehicle competition. The Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate hosted the event April 28-29 at the Dayton Convention Center. For the second consecutive year, the University of Toledo took first place in the competition, which featured…

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NASA’s Langley Research Center named Vertical Flight Heritage Site

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NASA photograph by David C. Bowman In a May 8ceremony, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, was formally designated a Vertical Flight Heritage Site by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International. From left to right: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Langley Center Director Dave Bowles, AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg and NASA’s Aeronautics Research…

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NASA wraps up first green aviation tests on Boeing ecoDemonstrator

Posted April 24, 2015 by

NASA/Boeing image NASA’s recent green aviation tests included the Active Flow Control Enhanced Vertical Tail Flight Experiment, for which 31 tiny devices called sweeping jet actuators were installed on the tail of a Boeing 757 ecoDemonstrator aircraft to determine what — if any — impact the devices had on the aerodynamics of the tail. NASA…

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LOCUST: Autonomous, swarming UAVs fly into the future

Posted April 17, 2015 by David Smalley

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research announced April 14 recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology program.

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Second X-56A MUTT makes first flight

Posted April 15, 2015 by Pete Merlin

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., successfully conducted the agency’s first flight of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed April 9.

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Schaefer takes command of 412th Test Wing

Posted April 3, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer relinquished command of the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer March 31.

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