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New NASA book reveals pressure suits are height of fashion

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NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. “Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits – Wiley Post to Space Shuttle” provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to…

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NASA seeks partners to explore Johnson structural testing research, development

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NASA has released a Request for Information to explore the potential interest and use of its unique facilities, labs and technical expertise for structural testing at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The facilities and capabilities could support commercial, government and academic activities, and possibly lead to new technology developments. The RFI is seeking…

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Natick tube foods keep U-2 pilots flying high

Posted January 18, 2013 by Bob Reinert

Imagine Key lime pie with the consistency of baby food squirting out of a container roughly the size of a toothpaste tube. The thought of it might make your stomach churn, but one group of high-flying consumers has given two thumbs up to the dessert choice. These discerning diners also think beef stew, truffle macaroni…

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NASA flies radar south on wide-ranging scientific expedition

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A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our home planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas. A NASA C-20A piloted aircraft carrying the Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar is wrapping up studies over the U.S. Gulf Coast, Arizona, and Central and South America. The plane…

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NASA exercises contract option on engineering support squadron

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NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has exercised the second option of its Technology, Engineering, and Aerospace Mission Support (TEAMS) 2 contract with Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc. (AMA), also of Hampton, to continue providing engineering support to the center. The current potential value of the contract, including the approximately $45 million one-year option that…

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Promoting small business for basic research tech transfer

Posted August 31, 2013 by Molly Lachance

Aug. 20, the Basic Research Innovation and Collaboration Center, a partnership between the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, hosted a Basic Research Small Business Interchange in Arlington, Va.

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Raytheon awarded DARPA contract to research and develop new approach to cyber mission execution

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Raytheon was awarded a $9.8 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of its Plan X program, which seeks to help U.S. government agencies plan, execute and assess cyber network operations. Raytheon’s research and development is focused on enabling the Department of Defense to predictably and rapidly scale and execute cyber…

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NASA declares SOFIA Observatory fully operational

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NASA photograph by Jim Ross The door to the SOFIA observatory’s 2.5-meter telescope is wide open during a developmental test flight in 2010. On June 2, 2014, during the 224th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Boston, Mass., Paul Hertz, NASA’s Astrophysics Division director, announced that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has passed…

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Scientific balloon launch highlights NASA exhibit at Balloon Fiesta

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A live television transmission of the launch of a high-altitude balloon carrying a NASA scientific payload Oct. 8 provided an extra perk for visitors to the NASA exhibit at the 43rd International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Engineering review board concludes review of HTV-2 second test flight

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Following an extensive seven-month analysis of data collected from the Aug. 11, 2011, second flight of DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), an independent engineering review board investigating the cause of a flight anomaly completed…

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