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Ball Aerospace submits solar electric propulsion concept to NASA

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Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities...

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Army science, technology focus shifts from Middle East to Asian-Pacific Rim during ARL talks

Posted July 2, 2012 by

Future technology from the U.S. armed forces’ top research scientists will have to be ‘game-changing’ to help the defense department shift its focus to operations in Southeast Asia, and to mete out the next major threats there and elsewhere, said Dr. Scott Fish, the Army’s chief scientist. “We spent the past 10 years focused on…

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NASA ER-2 collects Perseids meteor shower dust

Posted August 18, 2012 by staff

NASA's high-flying ER-2 science aircraft is looking deeper into the skies overhead this week...

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Army engineers develop chargers for phones, laptops in combat

Posted October 19, 2012 by Dan Lafontaine

Army photograph by Tom Faulkner A team of U.S. Army engineers are developing new battery chargers for smartphones, tablet computers and laptops for deployed Soldiers without access to a traditional electrical grid. They have engineered and built prototypes for 8-port, 4-port, and 2-port USB chargers, as well as an AC/USB adapter – all of which…

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Operational Test Command completes Network Integration Evaluation 13.1

Posted December 12, 2012 by Eloise Lundgren

Testers, soldiers, engineers and combat developers completed the fourth iteration of a series of semi-annual field exercises, called Network Integration Evaluations, at Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N. M., just in time to get everyone home for the holidays. Managed by a group known as the Network Integration Evaluation, or NIE, “TRIAD”…

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NASA begins flight research campaign using alternate jet fuel

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NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency’s DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS) research involves flying the DC-8 as high as 40,000 feet while an instrumented NASA Falcon…

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AFRL gains national recognition for STEM outreach

Posted May 20, 2013 by Jeanne Dailey

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base are leading STEM outreach programs that influence thousands of students each year in New Mexico, Hawaii, and across the nation.

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NASA extends contract for supercomputing support services

Posted July 31, 2013 by

NASA will exercise the fifth one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. of Lanham, Md., for supercomputing support services at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract is valued at about $62 million. It begins Aug. 1 and continues through July 31, 2014. The contract…

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UP Aerospace’ SL-8 flies NASA technology experiments

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NASA photograph by Paul De Leon Members of the UP Aerospace ground grew roll back the moveable garage and payload integration facility to expose the launcher with the SL-8 sounding rocket mounted underneath. An enthusiastic group of suborbital space researchers arrived at Spaceport America in New Mexico in early November to prepare and load their…

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All systems go: Navy’s laser weapon ready for summer deployment

Posted April 18, 2014 by Eric Beidel

Navy engineers are making final adjustments to a laser weapon prototype that will be the first of its kind to deploy aboard a ship late this summer. The prototype, an improved version of the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), will be installed on USS Ponce for at-sea testing in the Persian Gulf, fulfilling plans announced by…

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