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Teams announced for NASA 2015 robotics operations competition

Posted November 14, 2014 by

Eight universities have advanced to the next round of “RASC-AL Robo-Ops,” a planetary rover robotics engineering competition sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. The teams selected are California State University Long Beach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; San Jose State University in California; University of Buffalo in New York; University…

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NASA tests revolutionary shape changing aircraft flap for first time

Posted November 7, 2014 by

NASA's green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel-efficient with the successful flight test of a wing surface that can change shape in flight.

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Towed twin-fuselage glider launch system first test flight successful

Posted November 5, 2014 by

NASA has successfully flight-tested a prototype twin-fuselage towed glider that could lead to rockets being launched from pilotless aircraft at high altitudes

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NASA begins sixth year of airborne Antarctic ice change study

Posted October 17, 2014 by

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice.

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Scientific balloon launch highlights NASA exhibit at Balloon Fiesta

Posted October 15, 2014 by

A live television transmission of the launch of a high-altitude balloon carrying a NASA scientific payload Oct. 8 provided an extra perk for visitors to the NASA exhibit at the 43rd International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M.

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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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NASA-pioneered Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System operational

Posted October 15, 2014 by c

A new NASA-developed Automatic Ground-Collision Avoidance System (Auto-GCAS) that could significantly reduce the incidence of controlled flight into terrain aircraft accidents is currently being integrated into the flight control systems of the U.S. Air Force's fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft.

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U.S. initiates prototype system to gauge national marine biodiversity

Posted October 6, 2014 by

USF/WHOI/MBARI/NASA image NASA satellite data of the marine environment will be used in prototype marine biodiversity observation networks to be established in four U.S. locations, including the Florida Keys, pictured here. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA are funding three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to…

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NASA helicopter test a smashing success

Posted October 3, 2014 by

The successful crash test of a former Marine helicopter could help lead to safer civilian and military helicopters, according to NASA aeronautics researchers.

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Global Hawk 872 return marks 100th NASA flight

Posted October 1, 2014 by NASA photograph

  NASA Global Hawk No. 872 is pictured on the ramp after landing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Va., at sunrise following its 10th and final science flight Sept. 28–29 in the agency’s 2014 Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel mission over the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft departed Wallops and flew back to its home base…

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