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NASA helicopter test a smash hit

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., dropped an old Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with 15 dummy occupants from a height of about 30 feet Wednesday to test improved seats and seatbelts and gather data on the odds of surviving a helicopter crash. They used cables to hoist the helicopter fuselage with…

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NASA selects 2013 NASA Innovative Advanced Technology Concepts for continued study

Posted August 31, 2013 by

NASA has selected six technology proposals for continued study under the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program. The proposals selected for Phase 2 of the 2013 NIAC Program address a range of visionary concepts including photonic laser thrusters, extreme sample return, and innovative spherical robots designed for planetary exploration. NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate based the…

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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 crashes helicopter to study safety

Posted August 21, 2013 by

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. News media representatives are invited to observe the drop test, scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 28, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va….

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Renovated lab earns top certification for energy, environmental design

Posted August 16, 2013 by Amy Rollins

Air Force photograph by Al Bright In the new Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory inside Bldg. 23, Benjamin Pierce, a research scientist in the Superconductor Pulsed Laser Deposition Lab, conducts basic material research on thin, superconductive films, which carry currents for thermo-electric effect. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Laboratory, part of the Air…

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SOFIA in New Zealand—Much attempted, much achieved

Posted August 14, 2013 by Eddie Zavala

Fly 6,900 miles each way, deploy a cadre of flight and ground crew members along with an international science team for three weeks, and during that time fly three nights per week, 10 hours per flight, all while conducting world-class science.

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NASA announces new strategic vision for aeronautics research

Posted August 14, 2013 by

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has unveiled a new strategic vision that will better align the work of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate to address looming challenges in global air transportation. Continuing a tradition of nearly a century of aviation research, NASA’s aeronautical innovators will bring to life new technology and ideas in flight to…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted August 14, 2013 by Tom Tschida

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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NASA selects university teams for new smallsat collaborative projects

Posted August 12, 2013 by

NASA has selected 13 university teams for collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities and spur innovation in communication, navigation, propulsion, science instruments, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft. Selected project teams will work with engineers and scientists from six NASA centers. The goal of these efforts is to transform small spacecraft,…

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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

Posted July 31, 2013 by

Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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