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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

Posted November 19, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s historic Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905 points its nose skyward after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 24 on what is anticipated to be its final flight. One of NASA’s most familiar and recognizable aircraft, Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, has departed NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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New water jets could propel LCS to greater speeds

Posted February 6, 2013 by

The Navy’s fifth Littoral Combat Ship, Milwaukee, will be the first to benefit from new high-power density water jets aimed at staving off rudder and propeller damage experienced on high-speed ships. The product of an Office of Naval Research Future Naval Capabilities program, the waterjets arrived last month at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin,…

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NASA opens new era in measuring Western U.S. snowpack

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A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold. The data from NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out…

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DARPA competitors develop robots for disaster response

Posted July 10, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Leaps forward in simulation technology and cloud computing are making it possible for challengers from around the world to compete for support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create robots that can help people during natural and other kinds of disasters.

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NASA Dryden engineers capture dramatic supersonic shockwave images

Posted September 18, 2013 by

Elusive schlieren images of supersonic shockwaves emanating from NASA F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft flying at supersonic speeds were captured during recent pilot proficiency flights.

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Field of competitors expands for DRC finals

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Team SCHAFT, the highest-scoring team at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in December 2013, has elected to switch to the self-funded Track D of the program. The team was recently acquired by Google Inc.

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DARPA chip-scale atomic clocks aboard International Space Station

Posted April 3, 2012 by

Atomic clocks are the most accurate frequency standard and timing devices in the world. Their range of uses include being the international standard for timekeeping, managing broadcasts and satellite positioning, navigation and timing. Traditional…

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NASA campaign studying chemistry of thunderstorms

Posted May 17, 2012 by

NASA researchers are about to fly off on a campaign that will take them into the heart of thunderstorm country. The Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry field campaign will use an airport in Salina, Kansas, as...

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Army radar to allow UAS to fly in National Air Space

Posted July 3, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

By March 2014, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, an Army unmanned aerial system, or UAS, will be able to train in the same airspace as the Boeing 747, with the help of the Army-developed Ground Based Sense and...

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NASA awards Caltech five-year Jet Propulsion Laboratory contract

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

NASA has awarded the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena a new five-year contract to manage the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The contractor’s primary mission is to support NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in carrying out specific objectives identified in the SMD Science Plan. The contract is for $8.5 billion. The contract extends the agreement between…

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