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Dryden 2014 budget supports stable operation for next year

Posted April 17, 2013 by Raphael Jaffe

The 2014 federal budget plans were released April 10, and NASA is slated for $17.7 billion, a decrease of less than 1 percent. NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif., is budgeted at $261.9 million, an increase of about 3 percent. Congress has to authorize these fiscal year 2014 figures in the coming months….

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NASA, Air Force seek next generation space processor program

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NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M., are requesting research and development proposals to define the type of spacecraft computing needed for future missions. Through a broad agency announcement, the Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program is seeking two to four companies to perform a yearlong evaluation of advanced…

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Navy leaders announce plans for deploying cost-saving laser technology

Posted April 8, 2013 by

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 flies radar south on wide-ranging scientific expedition

Posted April 5, 2013 by

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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Virtual window provides vital view for soldiers

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DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. — Army researchers are looking for ways to give soldiers a look outside using cameras and monitors. To provide better situational awareness for Bradley Fighting Vehicle Infantrymen, a cross-discipline team of U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command engineers is developing the Virtual window – a video display mounted to the interior…

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NASA invests in small business innovation research, technology proposals to enable future missions

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NASA has selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program. SBIR addresses specific technology gaps in agency missions while striving to complement…

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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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Super Guppy swallows T-38s; heads for El Paso

Posted March 29, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Jim Ross Two retired NASA T-38 trainers mounted on a transport pallet atop a mobile transporter are positioned for loading aboard NASA’s Super Guppy prior to ferrying them to El Paso, Texas, for disassembly. A NASA Super Guppy transport plane “swallowed” two NASA T-38 aircraft whole March 18, right out on NASA…

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Fire-resistant ghillie suit, enhanced rocket fuze win DOD awards

Posted March 29, 2013 by Dan Lafontaine

U.S. Army program managers earned Department of Defense acquisition awards recently for rapidly fielding a fire-resistant ghillie suit and an enhanced fuze rocket warhead. After two soldiers from the Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment burned to death when their camouflaged sniper gear caught on fire in Iraq, an urgent requirement for a fire-resistant suit was…

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ARL scientist’s deployment results in new invention

Posted March 27, 2013 by

Dr. Richard Tober, a scientist with ARL's Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, is one of those rare people in the laboratory who stepped out of his comfort zone for not one military assignment – but two.

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