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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 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

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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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West Point cadets get adventures in autonomous manipulation, mobility

Posted August 28, 2012 by by Joyce Conant

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Autonomous Systems Division of the Vehicle Technology Directorate recently sponsored two U.S. Military Academy cadets for three weeks as part of their Academic Individual Advancement Development....

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NASA-WPI 2013 robot prize competition registration open

Posted October 26, 2012 by

NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have opened registration and are seeking teams to compete in next year’s robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money. During the 2013 NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge, teams will compete to demonstrate a robot can locate and retrieve geologic…

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NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere

Posted January 10, 2013 by

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how a warming climate is changing Earth. The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment, a multi-year airborne science campaign with a…

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NASA asks universities for early stage innovation tech proposals

Posted April 3, 2013 by

NASA is seeking innovative, early-stage space technology proposals from accredited U.S. universities that will enable NASA’s future missions and America’s leadership in space. Proposals are sought for science instruments, cryogenic propellant storage for long-duration space exploration, optical coatings for astrophysical pursuits, oxygen recovery for life support systems, and to improve our understanding of and protection…

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NASA, Northrop Grumman continue partnership for science

Posted May 31, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Tony Landis Their bulbous noses almost touching, NASA’s two Global Hawks line up nose-to-nose on the ramp at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the two autonomously operated unmanned aircraft are flown on long-duration environmental science missions. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and…

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