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NASA announces global best in class winners for International Space Apps Challenge

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A panel of international judges from NASA, the European Space Agency, and other partner organizations has selected five “best in class” solutions as winners of the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge. The challenge, in which participants developed software, hardware, data visualization, and mobile or Web applications that contribute to space exploration missions and help improve…

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AFRL challenges students with real-world war fighter need

Posted May 22, 2013 by

The Air Force Research Laboratory has found a winning strategy for solving real world problems facing the war fighter. Each year AFRL poses a clearly defined problem to several universities and service academies, challenging them to compete for a “best solution” based upon certain criteria including system weight, ruggedness, time to employ, effectiveness, cost and…

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NASA calls for phase II visionary advanced concepts

Posted May 22, 2013 by

NASA is looking for far-out ideas. NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of the visionary program. The NIAC program funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building,…

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KC-46A training, operational bases, alternatives selected

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Air Force officials announced May 22 Altus Air Force Base, Okla., as the preferred alternative for the KC-46A formal training unit. McConnell AFB, Kansas, was selected as the preferred alternative for the first active duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1) and Fairchild AFB, Wash., and Grand Forks AFB, N.D., are the reasonable alternatives….

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NAWCWD signs patent license agreement with Cobalt Technologies

Posted May 20, 2013 by

Navy photograph A Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division research chemist sets up a pressure reactor in preparation for the fuel synthesis process. Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., signed a co-exclusive patent license agreement between NAWCWD and Cobalt Technologies on April 8. The agreement includes…

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AFRL gains national recognition for STEM outreach

Posted May 20, 2013 by Jeanne Dailey

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base are leading STEM outreach programs that influence thousands of students each year in New Mexico, Hawaii, and across the nation.

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NASA satellite data help pinpoint glaciersí role in sea level rise

Posted May 17, 2013 by

Photograph by Frank Paul, University of Zurich The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland is the largest valley glacier in the Alps and it has been losing mass since the mid-19th century. A new study using data from two NASA satellites found that glaciers like this one lost an average of 571 trillion pounds of ice per…

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NASA extends environmental testing, integration services contract at Goddard

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NASA has extended a contract with Analex Corporation of Fairfax, Va., for Environmental Testing and Integration Services at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This extension increases the maximum ordering value of the cost-plus award-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract by $81.1 million to $328.1 million. The period of performance is from May 15…

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AFOSR-funded research key to revolutionary ‘green’ spacecraft propellant

Posted May 10, 2013 by Robert P. White

In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant – one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. In 2015, NASA, for the first time, will fly a space mission utilizing a radically different propellant -one which has reduced toxicity and is environmentally benign. This energetic…

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NAWCAD scientists forge new path for underwater optics

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Navy photograph Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division engineer Dr. Linda Mullen demonstrates a laser used in underwater optics at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 6. Mullen patented a new encoding method for laser imaging, which offers possibilities for both fleet and commercial use. Scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division)…

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