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Teams prepare for NASA $1.5 million robot challenge

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Eleven teams from across the country and around the globe are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA’s 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. Teams will demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human…

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NASA partner completes second Dream Chaser captive-carry test

Posted August 23, 2013 by

NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, Colo., successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser spacecraft Aug. 22, at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.

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NASA radar maps winter pace of Iceland’s glaciers

Posted January 29, 2014 by

A high-precision NASA radar instrument left Southern California for Iceland today on a NASA research aircraft to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter.

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Seeing sound: Teachers learn science of sound

Posted April 30, 2014 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Leader Richard Chapleau outlines the goals of the “Seeing Sound” teachers workshop ñ building a waveform monitor and a flyable model glider from common everyday materials. Sound is something most of us with good hearing take for granted. Rarely do we consider the physics involved.† Sound comes from many sources…

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Global Hawk 872 return marks 100th NASA flight

Posted October 1, 2014 by NASA photograph

  NASA Global Hawk No. 872 is pictured on the ramp after landing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va., at sunrise following its 10th and final science flight Sept. 28–29 in the agency’s 2014 Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission over the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft departed Wallops and flew back to its home base…

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ONR-sponsored Flexrotor program takes off for next phase

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Katherine H. Crawford

The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Flexrotor vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle entered the next development phase in delivering improved maritime surveillance capability April 30. The contract is awarded for the flight controls component. During this phase, Aerovel Corp. will advance Flexrotor’s capability with an upgraded propulsion system to transition from vertical to cruising…

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NASA C-20A wraps up Icelandic ice caps survey

Posted June 14, 2012 by Photograph courtesy of U.S. Embassy - Iceland

The flight and ground crew team of NASA’s C-20A (G-III) environmental science research aircraft hosted a visit by U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Luis Arreaga (third from right) during their brief mission based in Keflavik, Iceland the first part of June. The aircraft, equipped with the sophisticated UAVSAR...

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2012 NASA Advanced Technology Concepts selected for study

Posted August 2, 2012 by

NASA’s Space Technology Program is turning science fiction into science fact. The program has selected 28 proposals for study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. Eighteen of these advanced concept proposals were categorized as Phase I and 10 as Phase II. They were selected based on their potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable…

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NASA offers opportunity to use communications testbed on space station

Posted September 14, 2012 by

NASA is announcing opportunities for academia, industry and government agencies to develop and carry out research and technology demonstrations on the International Space Station using the newly installed Space Communications and Navigation testbed. There are two announcements of opportunity. The SCAN Testbed Experiment Opportunity invites industry and other government agencies to enter into Space Act…

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Keeping the wheels turning Registration open for 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design. The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center…

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