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NASA flies stormy Kansas Skies this summer for science

Posted August 5, 2015 by

Last month, NASA and its partners waited for the sun to go down over Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska and the storms to come out in order to take a closer look at them with research aircraft.

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DC-8 reaches milestone

Posted August 5, 2015 by Jay Levine

NASA's DC-8 Flying Laboratory recently reached its third decade of delivering groundbreaking science.

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NASA Armstrong leads team to test effects of volcanic ash on aircraft engines

Posted July 17, 2015 by Jet Fabara

With approximately 1,500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, more than 80 commercial aircraft have unexpectedly encountered volcanic ash in flight and at airports in the past 15 years, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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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

Posted June 24, 2015 by

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

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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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