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Researchers test insect-inspired robots

Posted November 21, 2014 by Joyce P. Brayboy

KMel Robotics photograph These nano-quads are the size that the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Micro-Autonomous Systems Technology consortium of researchers envision. The current state is about as compact as a microwave oven.   Army researchers are finding they have much to learn from bees hovering near a picnic spread at a park. Dr. Joseph Conroy,…

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NASA teams with South Korean agency to further improve air traffic management

Posted November 21, 2014 by

NASA photograph Jaiwon Shin, NASAís associate administrator for Aeronautics Research, and Jaeboong Lee, president of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement, signed an agreement Nov. 17, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, for future agency cooperation on the development of advanced air traffic management technologies. NASA and the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement have…

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Air Force funds research on thermal management technology for fighter aircraft

Posted November 21, 2014 by

Managing heat that is generated by electronic subsystems in next-generation aircraft is a vexing challenge for aerospace system designers. In the interest of meeting this challenge, the Air Force recently provided follow-on funding for a Small Business Innovation Research effort that is identifying improved methods for heat conduction and rejection from system electronics for advanced…

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Report: Major federal lab misused contract funds

Posted November 14, 2014 by Susan Montoya Bryan

Managers at one of the nation’s premier federal laboratories improperly used taxpayer funds to influence members of Congress and other officials as part of an effort to extend the lab’s $2.4 billion management contract, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General said in a report Nov. 12. A review of documents determined that…

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Teams announced for NASA 2015 robotics operations competition

Posted November 14, 2014 by

Eight universities have advanced to the next round of “RASC-AL Robo-Ops,” a planetary rover robotics engineering competition sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. The teams selected are California State University Long Beach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; San Jose State University in California; University of Buffalo in New York; University…

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NASA tests revolutionary shape changing aircraft flap for first time

Posted November 7, 2014 by

NASA's green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel-efficient with the successful flight test of a wing surface that can change shape in flight.

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Towed twin-fuselage glider launch system first test flight successful

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NASA has successfully flight-tested a prototype twin-fuselage towed glider that could lead to rockets being launched from pilotless aircraft at high altitudes

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NASA begins sixth year of airborne Antarctic ice change study

Posted October 17, 2014 by

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

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Scientific balloon launch highlights NASA exhibit at Balloon Fiesta

Posted October 15, 2014 by

A live television transmission of the launch of a high-altitude balloon carrying a NASA scientific payload Oct. 8 provided an extra perk for visitors to the NASA exhibit at the 43rd International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Preparing for Antarctic flights in California desert

Posted October 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph by John Sonntag The constellation Ursa Major looms over a GPS-equipped survey vehicle and a ground station to its left at El Mirage Dry Lake. By comparing elevation readings from both GPS sources, researchers can build an elevation map to precisely calibrate the laser altimeter for ice thickness measurements. At first glance, a…

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