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Sparks fly as NASA pushes limits of 3-D printing technology

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NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector – a highly complex part that…

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DARPA calls for advances in ‘big data’ to help war fighter

Posted April 4, 2012 by

War fighters’ missions rely on a virtual net of sensors and communications systems for greater battlefield awareness than at any time in history. At the same time, demands for actionable information have spiked as warfighters at every level ““ whether at the planning table or on patrol ““ are called upon…

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Second set of SBLT tests planned on NASA’s F-15B

Posted May 17, 2012 by

Aerion Corporation is continuing its partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center with a scheduled second round of Supersonic Boundary Layer Transition research flights slated for this summer on NASA Dryden’s F-15B Research Test Bed aircraft.

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War fighting data becoming easier to find and retrieve

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Patty Welsh

Recent contract awards by the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., are helping to ensure that warfighters using a key intelligence system can discover and access needed information.

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Women soldiers to test female-specific body armor

Posted July 23, 2012 by by JD Leipold

Today, both male and female soldiers wear body armor that has been designed for men. But the Army plans to field to women next summer...

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New NASA book reveals pressure suits are height of fashion

Posted September 5, 2012 by

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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Versatility critical to future Army capabilities

Posted October 31, 2012 by Janeene Yarber

The Army is looking ahead as it prepares for the security challenges of 2020 and beyond. During the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army Annual Meeting and Exposition, senior leaders highlighted the value of both adaptability and versatility as the Army focuses on this critical transition period. “Every now and then someone will ask me…

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‘Gliding’ to space: A novel means of launching space satellites

Posted January 18, 2013 by

NASA image Early artist rendering of the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept, showing the towed glider following rocket launch. A notional tow aircraft is seen clearing the launch area. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency…

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Navy leaders announce plans for deploying cost-saving laser technology

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Video:http://youtu.be/OmoldX1wKYQ Navy photograph by John F. Williams The Laser Weapon System temporarily installed aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) in San Diego, Calif., is a technology demonstrator built by the Naval Sea Systems Command from commercial fiber solid state lasers, utilizing combination methods developed at the Naval Research Laboratory. Citing a series of…

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NASA flights target how pollution, storms, climate mix

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NASA photograph NASA’s DC-8 airborne science laboratory. NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern United States this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will conduct its most complex airborne science campaign of the…

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