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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’s SOFIA captures images of the planetary nebula M2-9

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Researchers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy have captured infrared images of the last exhalations of a dying sun-like star. The object observed by SOFIA, planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9, or M2-9 for short, is seen in this three-color composite image. The SOFIA…

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Ball Aerospace submits solar electric propulsion concept to NASA

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Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities...

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Army science, technology focus shifts from Middle East to Asian-Pacific Rim during ARL talks

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Future technology from the U.S. armed forces’ top research scientists will have to be ‘game-changing’ to help the defense department shift its focus to operations in Southeast Asia, and to mete out the next major threats there and elsewhere, said Dr. Scott Fish, the Army’s chief scientist. “We spent the past 10 years focused on…

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NASA ER-2 collects Perseids meteor shower dust

Posted August 18, 2012 by staff

NASA's high-flying ER-2 science aircraft is looking deeper into the skies overhead this week...

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Army engineers develop chargers for phones, laptops in combat

Posted October 19, 2012 by Dan Lafontaine

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner A team of U.S. Army engineers are developing new battery chargers for smartphones, tablet computers and laptops for deployed Soldiers without access to a traditional electrical grid. They have engineered and built prototypes for 8-port, 4-port, and 2-port USB chargers, as well as an AC/USB adapter – all of which…

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Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Posted December 12, 2012 by Eloise Lundgren

Testers, soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”…

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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

Posted March 1, 2013 by

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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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 extends contract for supercomputing support services

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NASA will exercise the fifth one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. of Lanham, Md., for supercomputing support services at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at about $62 million. It begins Aug. 1 and continues through July 31, 2014. The contract…

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