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NASA completes testing on 3-D printer

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A 3-D printer that astronauts call their version of a "Star Trek" replicator has just completed a series of tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., verifying it is ready to be launched to the International Space Station later this year.

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NASA flight tests New ADS-B device on Ikhana UAS

Posted March 29, 2012 by

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., flew its Ikhana MQ-9 unmanned aircraft with an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, device, for the first time March 15. It was the first time an unmanned aircraft as large as Ikhana ““ with a 66-foot wingspan, a takeoff…

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NASA’s Marshall Center completes wind tunnel testing for Dream Chaser® space system

Posted May 14, 2012 by

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., successfully completed wind tunnel testing for Sierra Nevada Corp. Space Systems of Louisville, Colo. The test will provide aerodynamic data that will aid in the design of the new Dream Chaser® Space System. During tests at Marshall’s wind tunnel facility, a scale model of SNC’s Dream Chaser…

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NASA ER-2 No. 809 returns to flight

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NASA's ER-2 Earth Resources aircraft No. 809 took to the air June 28 on a functional check flight after completion of a year of modified periodic depot-level maintenance. The aircraft was literally broken down...

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Recap: X-51A flight ends prematurely

Posted August 18, 2012 by staff

The X-51A Waverider successfully launched from a B-52 Stratofortress over Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range, Calif., Aug. 14, 2012, at approximately 11:36 a.m. PDT...

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Two Global Hawks fly in close formation, move AHR program closer to autonomous aerial refueling

Posted October 18, 2012 by

This week sees the completion of flight demonstrations demonstrating the first autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high-altitude aircraft.

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New NASA-funded forecast system helps transoceanic flights avoid storms

Posted December 12, 2012 by

A new NASA-funded prototype system developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research of Boulder, Colo., now is providing weather forecasts that can help flights avoid major storms as they travel over remote ocean regions. The eight-hour forecasts of potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions are designed for pilots, air traffic controllers and others involved in transoceanic…

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Mojave Air and Space Port improvements on schedule

Posted February 27, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

Major capital improvement projects are proceeding on schedule at Mojave Air & Space Port, the staff reported to the directors at the Feb. 19 meeting. A marketing budget for the airport was also discussed. The projects are: providing utilities to the north side of the airport; repaving and widening of runway 4-22 under an FAA…

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NASA satellite data help pinpoint glaciersí role in sea level rise

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Photograph by Frank Paul, University of Zurich The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland is the largest valley glacier in the Alps and it has been losing mass since the mid-19th century. A new study using data from two NASA satellites found that glaciers like this one lost an average of 571 trillion pounds of ice per…

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NASA announces effort to form new collaborative partnerships with private space industry

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NASA officials July 17 released a synopsis requesting information from U.S. private enterprises interested in pursuing unfunded partnerships. The aim is to advance the development of commercial space products and services. The Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities synopsis describes a potential opportunity for existing and new companies and non-profit organizations to access NASA’s spaceflight expertise…

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