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Robotics competition teaches science, technology, core values to Edwards students

Posted February 20, 2012 by by Laura Mowry

This past year, a new sport was introduced to Branch Elementary School students at Edwards. It does not focus on physical athleticism or include a ball, bat, racquet, or even a helmet. Rather, the First Lego League’s competitive robotics…

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Lockheed Martin ATC develops revolutionary nanotechnology copper solder

Posted October 26, 2012 by

Scientists in the Advanced Materials and Nanosystems directorate at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, Calif., have developed a revolutionary nanotechnology copper-based electrical interconnect material, or solder, that can be processed around 200 degrees Celsius. Once fully optimized, the CuantumFuse(tm) solder material is expected to produce joints with up to…

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Navy marks milestone production of key aircraft computer system

Posted August 13, 2012 by

The Navy and industry partner General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems marked the milestone production of a key computer system...

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NASA releases call for phase II visionary advanced concepts

Posted April 25, 2012 by

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking proposals to continue promising studies for which it has supported the first phase. These cutting-edge concepts have the potential to transform future exploration missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building, and operating aerospace systems. “These transformative concepts have the potential to mature…

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U.S. Marines fire Excalibur from record range in Afghanistan

Posted June 11, 2012 by

The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007. “It is incredible to think about how this capability has evolved with…

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Dryden helped JPL calibrate Mars Science Lab radar

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Raphael Jaffe

One of the key systems of the upcoming landing of the Mars Science Lab is a new pulse-Doppler radar. The Terminal Descent Sensor provides velocimetric and altitude data. Its rigorous test program included two series of flight tests at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. JPL field test lead Jim Montgomery presented a colloquium…

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Researchers dedicate Zero-G parabolic flight to Neil Armstrong’s memory

Posted September 12, 2012 by

NASA photogrpah Boston University students Joshua Koerpel and Christopher Hoffman test a solar array deployment system for use on CubeSats as they float in very low gravity during a parabolic flight in Zero-G Corporation’s modified Boeing 727 jetliner. NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program researchers have dedicated a microgravity flight test in memory of Apollo 11 astronaut…

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Robots, take your mark The DARPA Robotics Challenge has begun! Will it include you?

Posted October 31, 2012 by

Robot enthusiasts, the time has come. The DARPA Robotics Challenge began Oct. 24. Will you be part of it? Over the next two years, teams will compete to develop and put to the test hardware and software designed to enable robots to assist humans in emergency response when a disaster strikes. Based on proposals submitted…

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ATTREX campaign: Into the stratosphere for better climate science

Posted January 23, 2013 by

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida The payload bays of NASA’s high-altitude Global Hawk environmental science aircraft are jammed with 11 specialized science instruments during checkout operations for the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year airborne science campaign to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how changes in a warming climate is…

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Dryden 2014 budget supports stable operation for next year

Posted April 17, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The 2014 federal budget plans were released April 10, and NASA is slated for $17.7 billion, a decrease of less than 1 percent. NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., is budgeted at $261.9 million, an increase of about 3 percent. Congress has to authorize these fiscal year 2014 figures in the coming months….

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