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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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Lockheed Martin receives $71 million long range anti-ship missile contract from DARPA

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Lockheed Martin has received a $71 million Long Range Anti-Ship Missile modification contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to conduct air- and surface-launched flight tests and other risk reduction activities.

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KC-46A training, operational bases, alternatives selected

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Air Force officials announced May 22 Altus Air Force Base, Okla., as the preferred alternative for the KC-46A formal training unit. McConnell AFB, Kansas, was selected as the preferred alternative for the first active duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1) and Fairchild AFB, Wash., and Grand Forks AFB, N.D., are the reasonable alternatives….

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NASA selects university teams for new smallsat collaborative projects

Posted August 12, 2013 by

NASA has selected 13 university teams for collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities and spur innovation in communication, navigation, propulsion, science instruments, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft. Selected project teams will work with engineers and scientists from six NASA centers. The goal of these efforts is to transform small spacecraft,…

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NASA taps 10 informal learning institutions for collaboration grants

Posted December 20, 2013 by

NASA has selected proposals from informal education institutions in 10 states to further its goal of attracting more students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They will share approximately $7.7 million in grants through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities. The organizations are located across…

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AFRL researchers uncover structural, function relationships in bioinspired nanomaterials

Posted April 18, 2014 by Tim Anderl

In his 1954 work, The Nature of Science, Edwin Powell Hubble said, “Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” During his tenure with the Air Force Research Laboratory, National Research Council associate Dr. Nick Bedford, embarked on such an adventure that applied both biological and physical…

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NASA MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft completes visual, radar mission in Hawaii

Posted August 28, 2014 by

NASA photograph “Ikhana,” NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted research aircraft, carries a maritime radar in a specialized centerline pod during a flight to check out systems prior to the aircraft’s deployment to Hawaii in July 2014. NASA’s MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, named “Ikhana,” recently completed a deployment to Hawaii in support of two diverse flight opportunities….

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Engineering review board concludes review of HTV-2 second test flight

Posted April 23, 2012 by

Following an extensive seven-month analysis of data collected from the Aug. 11, 2011, second flight of DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), an independent engineering review board investigating the cause of a flight anomaly completed…

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