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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

Posted May 17, 2013 by

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

Posted July 19, 2013 by

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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NASA’s HS3 Hurricane Mission calls it a wrap for 2013

Posted December 4, 2013 by

NASA photograph NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft project celebrated a flight milestone on Sept. 17, 2013. The two Global Hawks reached a combined 100 NASA flights during the deployment at the Wallops Flight Facility. In this photo, NASA’s Global Hawk 872 takes off from Runway 04 Sept. 4. NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel airborne…

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NASA signs agreement with German, Canadian partners to test alternative fuels

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NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set to…

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NASA picks top Earth data challenge ideas, opens call for climate apps

Posted August 25, 2014 by

NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform. Both challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX, a…

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NASA selects science instrument upgrade for flying observatory

Posted April 18, 2012 by

NASA has selected a science instrument upgrade to the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy airborne observatory. The instrument, the High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera, will provide a sensitive, versatile and reliable imaging capability to the SOFIA user community.

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NASA completes ADS-B flight evaluations for UAS

Posted June 6, 2012 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently completed flight evaluations of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast aircraft tracking system adapted for unmanned aircraft systems aboard the center's modified MQ-9 Predator B named Ikhana.

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NASA hypersonic inflatable tech test set for Virginia launch July 21

Posted July 17, 2012 by

NASA Space Technology Program researchers will launch and deploy a large inflatable heat shield aboard a rocket traveling at hypersonic speeds this weekend during a technology demonstration test from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. NASA has four consecutive days of launch opportunities for the agency’s Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3), starting…

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