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NASA calls for phase II visionary advanced concepts

Posted May 22, 2013 by

NASA is looking for far-out ideas. NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of the visionary program. The NIAC program funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building,…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted August 14, 2013 by Tom Tschida

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2.   NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy has returned to its base at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., following its inaugural three-week…

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NASA Dryden In 2013: Contributing to Aerospace Technology, Earth & Space Science

Posted January 8, 2014 by Peter Merlin

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., helped advance the agency’s overall mission of Earth and space science and aerospace technology research as it continued supporting NASA's four mission areas during 2013.

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Phoenix makes strides in orbital robotics, satellite architecture research

Posted April 18, 2014 by

The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for their entire lifespan—a methodology that drives size, complexity and ultimately cost. These challenges apply especially to the increasing…

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Sparks fly as NASA pushes limits of 3-D printing technology

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NASA has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, on a test stand at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA engineers pushed the limits of technology by designing a rocket engine injector – a highly complex part that…

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DARPA calls for advances in ‘big data’ to help war fighter

Posted April 4, 2012 by

War fighters’ missions rely on a virtual net of sensors and communications systems for greater battlefield awareness than at any time in history. At the same time, demands for actionable information have spiked as warfighters at every level ““ whether at the planning table or on patrol ““ are called upon…

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Second set of SBLT tests planned on NASA’s F-15B

Posted May 17, 2012 by

Aerion Corporation is continuing its partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center with a scheduled second round of Supersonic Boundary Layer Transition research flights slated for this summer on NASA Dryden’s F-15B Research Test Bed aircraft.

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Robotics rodeo showcases new technologies

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Vince Little

The Maneuver Center of Excellence put a dose of sci-fi on center stage at the 2012 Robotics Rodeo. More than 40 vendors and five universities showcased nearly 75 different technologies during the 10-day event...

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Two hurricane Global Hawks, two sets of instruments

Posted August 21, 2012 by

NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel Mission, or HS3, will be studying hurricanes at the end of the summer, and there will be two high-altitude, long-duration unmanned aircraft with different instruments flying over the storms......

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New director details elements of DARPA’s future success

Posted October 24, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22. Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program…

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