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LOCUST: Autonomous, swarming UAVs fly into the future

Posted April 17, 2015 by David Smalley

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research announced April 14 recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology program.

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Second X-56A MUTT makes first flight

Posted April 15, 2015 by Pete Merlin

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., successfully conducted the agency’s first flight of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed April 9.

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Schaefer takes command of 412th Test Wing

Posted April 3, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer relinquished command of the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer March 31.

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NASA creates partnership to advance composite materials for aircraft of future

Posted April 3, 2015 by

NASA has established a public-private partnership with five organizations to advance knowledge about composite materials that could improve the performance of future aircraft. Composites are innovative new materials for building aircraft that can enhance strength while remaining lightweight. The agency selected the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Va., to manage administration of the Advanced…

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NASA awards IT contracts to 118 small, disadvantaged businesses

Posted April 3, 2015 by

NASA has awarded 118 contracts to small, disadvantaged businesses under Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP V), a multi-award Government-Wide Acquisition Contract vehicle focused on information technology products and product-based services. Of these SEWP V contracts, 14 were awarded to businesses operating in historically underutilized business zones, 25 contracts were awarded to business owned by service-disabled…

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Educators gain lunar, meteorite certification

Posted March 18, 2015 by

A Lunar and Meteorite Disk Certification educator workshop was held at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Office of Education’s Resource Center located at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., Feb. 21.

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Shape-changing flap project meets first milestone

Posted March 18, 2015 by

NASA photograph by Jim Ross The ACTE project is a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to explore technologies that will significantly reduce drag, structural weight, and aircraft noise. The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project achieved a major milestone at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Feb. 18, when the modified…

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LEAPTech to demonstrate electric propulsion technologies

Posted March 18, 2015 by

The arrival of a unique experimental demonstrator at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Feb. 26 may herald a future in which many aircraft are powered by electric motors.

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NASA, FAA, industry conduct initial sense-and-avoid test

Posted February 4, 2015 by

NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and Honeywell International Inc. have successfully demonstrated a proof-of-concept sense-and-avoid system

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NASA Spinoff 2015 features space technology making life better on Earth

Posted January 23, 2015 by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oWCWwEv_LcI&x-yt-ts=1421782837&x-yt-cl=84359240 NASA technologies are being used to locate underground water in some of the driest places on the Earth, build quieter and more fuel-efficient airplanes, and create shock absorbers that brace buildings in earthquakes. The 2015 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication highlights these and other technologies whose origins lie in space exploration, but now…

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