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Secrets of universe revealed thanks to AF research complex

Posted December 5, 2012 by Philip Lorenz III

Looking skyward, scientists worldwide now know the universe’s size, composition, approximate age and rate of expansion, thanks in part to “essential” data derived from a time-sensitive test conducted at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Mark 1 Aerospace Space Chamber. On June 30, 2001, a Delta II launch vehicle carried NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe on…

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NASA, GA-ASI agreement expands unmanned aircraft capabilities

Posted December 3, 2012 by

EDWARDS, Calif. – NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., have partnered in a collaborative agreement to allow for the development and flight testing of new command and control satellite link capabilities on a Predator B unmanned aircraft system. As the result of a no-cost Space Act Agreement signed in September,…

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NASA researchers discover ancient microbes in Antarctic lake

Posted December 3, 2012 by

In one of the most remote lakes of Antarctica, nearly 65 feet beneath the icy surface, scientists from NASA, the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., the University of Illinois at Chicago, and nine other institutions, have uncovered a community of bacteria. This discovery of life existing in one of Earth’s darkest, saltiest and coldest…

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New AFRL laboratory forging future of energy-efficient aircraft

Posted December 3, 2012 by Holly Jordan

With an eye toward the energy optimization needs of future military aircraft, the Air Force Research Laboratory is cutting the ribbon on a new, state-of-the-art facility to meet the research and development demands of complex and rapidly-changing platforms. The Advanced Power and Thermal Research Lab is a 53,000 square foot, three-story, multi-laboratory facility devoted to…

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Radar Survey Flights Resume Over San Andreas Fault

Posted November 28, 2012 by

A sophisticated airborne synthetic aperture radar system developed by the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is being used in a series of earthquake imaging flights over central California the week of Nov. 26.

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NASA’s original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs Dryden

Posted November 19, 2012 by

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s historic Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905 points its nose skyward after takeoff from Edwards Air Force Base Oct. 24 on what is anticipated to be its final flight. One of NASA’s most familiar and recognizable aircraft, Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft No. 905, has departed NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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DARPA’s advanced Space Surveillance Telescope could be looking up from down under

Posted November 14, 2012 by

DARPA’s ground-based Space Surveillance Telescope may soon head to Australia. An agreement reached this week with Australia’s Department of Defense will allow DARPA to take the 180,000-pound, three-mirror Mersenne-Schmidt telescope to Australia to track and catalogues space debris and objects unique to the space above that region of the world that could threaten DOD satellites….

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NASA technology showcase lands in Cleveland Nov. 28-30

Posted November 14, 2012 by

Business leaders, space enthusiasts, students and the public are invited to attend NASA Technology Days. The free, three-day public technology showcase will take place at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center Nov. 28-30. Participants from industry, academia and the U.S. government will discuss strategy development, partnerships and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation….

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NASA selects American small businesses for continuation of innovative research, technology projects

Posted November 9, 2012 by

NASA has selected 39 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase 2 contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research Program. The SBIR program partners with small businesses to catalyze efforts to develop new technologies to support NASA’s technology needs. NASA will award contracts to 36 small high-technology firms in 17 states…

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Keeping the wheels turning Registration open for 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight “moonbuggies” of their own design. The students’ work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center…

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