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Another American high frontier first: 3-D manufacturing in space

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In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will…

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NASA tests limits of 3-D printing with powerful rocket engine check

Posted August 31, 2013 by

The largest 3-D printed rocket engine component NASA ever has tested blazed to life Aug. 22 during an engine firing that generated a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. This test is a milestone for one of many important advances the agency is making to reduce the cost of space hardware. Innovations like additive manufacturing, or…

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Human-robot teams key to disaster response

Posted February 7, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

In the future, when an earthquake or tsunami strikes a populated area or a terrorist attack decimates a city, teams of disaster experts partnered with robots - whose skills are being honed in rigorous competitions funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - may be the first responders.

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Interactive display provides pilots with real-time sonic boom information

Posted May 14, 2014 by

NASA graphic The CISboomDA software integrates aircraft and environmental data with a real-time, local-area moving-map capable of displaying an aircraftís sonic boom footprint, allowing pilots to select a flight path to either avoid generating a sonic boom or to place the sonic boom in a specific location. Aerospace engineers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center…

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Preparing for Antarctic flights in California desert

Posted October 15, 2014 by

NASA photograph by John Sonntag The constellation Ursa Major looms over a GPS-equipped survey vehicle and a ground station to its left at El Mirage Dry Lake. By comparing elevation readings from both GPS sources, researchers can build an elevation map to precisely calibrate the laser altimeter for ice thickness measurements. At first glance, a…

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Top Army scientist: Army shouldn’t trim science, tech work force due to budget cuts

Posted April 19, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

With budget problems weighing heavily on the minds of many, a senior Army official warned that a general shortage of skilled scientists and engineers should make the Army wary of cutting labs and the brightest of its researchers. The Army’s science…

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ICECool to crack thermal management barrier, enable breakthrough electronics

Posted June 7, 2012 by

The continued miniaturization and the increased density of components in today’s electronics have pushed heat generation and power dissipation to unprecedented levels. Current thermal management solutions, usually involving remote cooling, are

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New NASA supercomputer facility set to advance Earth research

Posted July 23, 2012 by

NASA soon will open a new chapter of discovery using enhanced Landsat Earth-observing data in a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing and data access facility called NASA Earth Exchange. This new facility is a virtual laboratory that will allow scientists to tackle global Earth science challenges with global high-resolution satellite observations. After extensive development and testing, NASA…

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New NASA space technology app educates users at hypersonic speeds

Posted September 5, 2012 by

Want to try your hand at landing an inflatable spacecraft? All you need is a smart phone, a computer or a tablet. NASA has released a new educational computer Web game based on its Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator project. The game can be played on the Internet and Apple and Android mobile devices. The application…

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New NASA online science resource available for educators, students

Posted October 29, 2012 by

NASA has a new online science resource for teachers and students to help bring Earth, the solar system, and the universe into their schools and homes. Called NASA Wavelength, the site features hundreds of resources organized by topic and audience level from elementary to college, and out-of-school programs that span the extent of NASA science….

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