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Another American high frontier first: 3-D manufacturing in space

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In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will…

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NASA tests limits of 3-D printing with powerful rocket engine check

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The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware. Innovations like additive manufacturing, or…

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Human-robot teams key to disaster response

Posted February 7, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

In the future, when an earthquake or tsunami strikes a populated area or a terrorist attack decimates a city, teams of disaster experts partnered with robots - whose skills are being honed in rigorous competitions funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - may be the first responders.

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DARPA seeks technology to see through clouds for warfighter support

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Advanced, flyable electronics and scene simulation technology sought for video synthetic aperture radar Warfighters who encounter enemy forces on the ground benefit from overhead aircraft support. Some capabilities...

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Navy’s floating research platform ‘flips’ for 50th anniversary

Posted June 25, 2012 by by Grace Jean

The Department of the Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform is celebrating its 50th year of service June 29. Scores of scientists have deployed aboard the 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval...

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Transformed X-48C flies successfully

Posted August 7, 2012 by

The remotely piloted X-48C aircraft successfully flew for the first time Aug. 7 at Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert. The aircraft, designed by Boeing and built by Cranfield Aerospace Limited of the United Kingdom, is flying again in partnership with NASA. The new X-48C model, which was formerly the X-48B Blended Wing…

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Northrop Grumman-built NASA Global Hawks support hurricane missions from both U.S. coasts

Posted September 19, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman-built unmanned NASA Global Hawks will be able to better support environmental scientists during Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel missions.

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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

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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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