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New director details elements of DARPA’s future success

Posted October 24, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22. Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program…

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Intelligent control for performance: Reducing drag, saving fuel

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA Dryden’s versatile F/A-18 Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft recently completed a series of flights that explored reducing fuel consumption during cruise flight conditions by making small modifications to existing control laws and mechanisms in the aircraft’s flight control computer. As part of the Intelligent Control for Performance research project, a special computer code…

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Mitigating risk: NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system

Posted March 13, 2013 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts.

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NASA calls for phase II visionary advanced concepts

Posted May 22, 2013 by

NASA is looking for far-out ideas. NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of the visionary program. The NIAC program funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building,…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted August 14, 2013 by Tom Tschida

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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NASA Dryden In 2013: Contributing to Aerospace Technology, Earth & Space Science

Posted January 8, 2014 by Peter Merlin

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., helped advance the agency’s overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2013.

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Phoenix makes strides in orbital robotics, satellite architecture research

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The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for their entire lifespan—a methodology that drives size, complexity and ultimately cost. These challenges apply especially to the increasing…

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NASA tests GPS monitoring system for big U.S. earthquakes

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The space-based technology that lets GPS-equipped motorists constantly update their precise location will undergo a major test of its ability to rapidly pinpoint the location and magnitude of strong earthquakes across the western United States. Results from the new Real-time Earthquake Analysis for Disaster Mitigation Network soon could be used to assist prompt disaster response…

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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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