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DARPA competitors develop robots for disaster response

Posted July 10, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Leaps forward in simulation technology and cloud computing are making it possible for challengers from around the world to compete for support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create robots that can help people during natural and other kinds of disasters.

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NASA Dryden engineers capture dramatic supersonic shockwave images

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Elusive schlieren images of supersonic shockwaves emanating from NASA F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft flying at supersonic speeds were captured during recent pilot proficiency flights.

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Field of competitors expands for DRC finals

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Team SCHAFT, the highest-scoring team at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in December 2013, has elected to switch to the self-funded Track D of the program. The team was recently acquired by Google Inc.

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Outer space to inner space: SOFIA inside Lufthansa Technik hangar

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NASA photograph by Jeff Doughty NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy is shown inside the Lufthansa Technik hangar in Hamburg, Germany where it is beginning its decadal inspection. Flight, aircraft maintenance and science personnel from NASA’s Armstrong and Ames research centers are working alongside Lufthansa’s 747SP specialists to perform a wide range of inspections and…

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DARPA chip-scale atomic clocks aboard International Space Station

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Atomic clocks are the most accurate frequency standard and timing devices in the world. Their range of uses include being the international standard for timekeeping, managing broadcasts and satellite positioning, navigation and timing. Traditional…

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NASA campaign studying chemistry of thunderstorms

Posted May 17, 2012 by

NASA researchers are about to fly off on a campaign that will take them into the heart of thunderstorm country. The Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry field campaign will use an airport in Salina, Kansas, as...

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Army radar to allow UAS to fly in National Air Space

Posted July 3, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

By March 2014, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, an Army unmanned aerial system, or UAS, will be able to train in the same airspace as the Boeing 747, with the help of the Army-developed Ground Based Sense and...

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NASA awards Caltech five-year Jet Propulsion Laboratory contract

Posted August 20, 2012 by staff

NASA has awarded the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena a new five-year contract to manage the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The contractor’s primary mission is to support NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in carrying out specific objectives identified in the SMD Science Plan. The contract is for $8.5 billion. The contract extends the agreement between…

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Leaner Navy looking at future technology, fleet size, sequestration

Posted October 24, 2012 by by David Smalley

Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, headlined the opening of the Office of Naval Research Naval Science and Technology Partnership Conference and ASNE Expo Oct. 22, 2012, and highlighted the importance of innovative science and technology programs being developed by the Navy. He also offered a revealing look at the potential future for…

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NASA ER-2 806 back on flight status; science flights scheduled

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA’s high-altitude ER-2 No. 806 completed a functional check flight Dec. 12 that validated the aircraft’s systems. The ER-2 recently concluded five months of maintenance work that included a 600-hour airframe inspection and 800-hour engine inspection. A new addition to the aircraft is the NASA Airborne Science Data and Telemetry System that records navigation data…

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