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Dryden technicians modify Dream Chaser simulator

Posted September 18, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Ken Ulbrich Simulation technicians Brent Bieber, left, and Dennis Pitts install a boilerplate Dream Chaser canopy structure over the cockpit of a flight simulator in the simulation laboratory at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. The modification will give Dream Chaser pilot-astronauts a more representative view of the actual flight profiles the spacecraft…

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Self-healing paint could halt rust on military vehicles

Posted March 24, 2014 by Eric Beidel

A new additive could help military vehicles, including the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, heal like human skin and avoid costly maintenance as a result of corrosion. Developed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, polyfibroblast allows scratches forming in vehicle paint to…

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NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter to check out summer sea ice, more

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Sea ice in summer looks dramatically different than sea ice in winter, even in the polar Arctic. Summer snowmelt, pools of water on thinning ice and exposed ocean replace vast winter expanses of white snow-covered ice – and this weekend NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter begins a campaign to investigate these features.

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NASA tests software that may help increase flight efficiency, decrease aircraft noise

Posted December 15, 2014 by

NASA researchers Dec. 12 began flight tests of computer software that shows promise in improving flight efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of aircraft, especially on communities around airports. Known as ASTAR, or Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes, the software is designed to give pilots specific speed information and guidance so that planes can be…

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NASA’s ER-2 completes MABEL validation deployment

Posted May 4, 2012 by

NASA’s high-flying ER-2 Airborne Science aircraft has concluded its four-week deployment to validate data acquired by the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar (MABEL) laser altimeter over the Greenland ice cap and surrounding sea ice fields. After an almost 10 and one-half...

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Cloud formation discovery expected to impact future military operations

Posted June 25, 2012 by by John J. Joyce

A newly discovered radar capability to detect individual cloud hydrometeors in the free atmosphere can impact future performance of combat systems and military...

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Laser revolutionizes sheet metal cutting at Army Depot

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Brigitte Rox

Gone are the days of hunching over a pristine sheet of metal meticulously drilling holes and patterns by hand.....

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First mobile app, Quakeshim share agency’s 2012 software award

Posted September 21, 2012 by

NASA’s first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA’s 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly improve the agency’s exploration of space and maximize scientific discovery on Earth. Software engineers…

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Intelligent control for performance: Reducing drag, saving fuel

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA Dryden’s versatile F/A-18 Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft recently completed a series of flights that explored reducing fuel consumption during cruise flight conditions by making small modifications to existing control laws and mechanisms in the aircraft’s flight control computer. As part of the Intelligent Control for Performance research project, a special computer code…

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Mitigating risk: NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system

Posted March 13, 2013 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts.

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