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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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NASA helicopter test a smash hit

Posted August 31, 2013 by

Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., dropped an old Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with 15 dummy occupants from a height of about 30 feet Wednesday to test improved seats and seatbelts and gather data on the odds of surviving a helicopter crash. They used cables to hoist the helicopter fuselage with…

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High school students learn STEM applications during outreach tour

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NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Students in Desert High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program get up-close-and-personal with a hypersonic decelerator test article undergoing structural loads tests in NASA Dryden’s Flight Loads laboratory. About 30 students from Desert, Antelope Valley and Lancaster High Schools and several of their teachers got a first-hand…

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Space station crew returns to Earth, lands safely in Kazakhstan

Posted May 14, 2014 by /PRNewswire/

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth May 13 after 188 days in space, during which they orbited Earth more than 3,000 times and traveled almost 79.8 million miles.

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Tablet PC to replace paper for Network Integration Evaluation

Posted May 3, 2012 by by John Andrew Hamilton

The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is beginning to replace paper with digital data collection options in preparation for the next Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., this May. NIE’s are large-scale evaluation events designed to mature the...

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NASA Pleiades supercomputer gets a little more oomph

Posted June 19, 2012 by

NASA’s flagship Pleiades supercomputer just received a boost to help keep pace with the intensive number-crunching requirements of scientists and engineers working on some of the agency’s most challenging missions. Pleiades is critical for the modeling, simulation and analysis of a diverse set of agency projects in aeronautics research, Earth and space sciences and the…

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Army Lab summer students gain real world defense experience

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Joyce P. Brayboy

Students who visit the U.S. Army Research Laboratory as summer interns may be surprised to find themselves working on research projects projecting soldiers' needs far into the future.

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