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NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory marks 100th flight

Posted April 17, 2013 by

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida The staff of NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) gathered on the ramp outside the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., to mark a milestoneóthe flying observatory’s 100th flight. The airborne observatory departed from the facility that evening on an engineering flight for the German Receiver for Astronomy…

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Northrop Grumman delivers second hosted payload for Enhanced Polar System protected communications

Posted June 12, 2013 by

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. ñ Northrop Grumman has delivered the second of two payloads that will be hosted on government-owned satellites to bring next-generation protected, Extremely High Frequency communications to users in the north polar region (above 65 ? North). Developed for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System (EPS), the payload efficiently leverages hardware and…

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NASA to share universe with Instagram users through its images

Posted September 6, 2013 by

NASA is launching an official Instagram profile that will take its fans on an out-of-this-world journey through images of Earth and beyond. “We’re constantly looking to expand our social media portfolio to include tools that will best tell NASA’s story of exploration and discovery,” said NASA Press Secretary Lauren Worley. “Instagram has a passionate following…

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Excalibur prototype extends reach of high-energy lasers

Posted March 7, 2014 by

High-energy lasers have the potential to benefit a variety of military missions, particularly as weapons or as high-bandwidth communications devices. However, the massive size, weight and power requirements of legacy laser systems limit their use on many military platforms. Even if SWaP limitations can be overcome, turbulence manifested as density fluctuations in the atmosphere increase…

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Experimental HiMAT aircraft has new home at NASA Armstrong

Posted June 18, 2014 by

NASA photograph The HiMAT subscale research aircraft, seen here during a research flight in December 1980, demonstrated advanced fighter technologies that have been used in the development of many modern high performance military aircraft. From mid-1979 to January 1983, two remotely piloted, experimental Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) aircraft were flown at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research…

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DARPA seeks non-thermal approaches to thin-film deposition

Posted April 26, 2012 by

When the Department of Defense wants to build a jet engine, it doesn’t put a team of engineers in a hangar with a block of metal and some chisels. Jet engines are made up of individual components that are carefully assembled into a finished product that possesses the desired performance capabilities. In the...

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College students study Earth from NASA’s P-3B flying lab

Posted June 28, 2012 by

Thirty-two undergraduate and graduate students are participating in a NASA Airborne Science Program field experience at NASA's Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., this week designed to...

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SCat Gun System saves money, hastens development

Posted August 14, 2012 by by Eric Kowa

Why would the U.S. Army want to fire a 155 mm projectile into 540 feet of steel catch tubes and then recover the projectile at the other end?

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NASA, IHMC develop robotic exoskeleton for space, possible use on Earth

Posted October 12, 2012 by

A new robotic space technology spinoff derived from NASA’s Robonaut 2 project someday may help astronauts stay healthier in space and aid paraplegics in walking here on Earth. Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, currently is working with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. NASA and The Florida Institute for Human and Machine…

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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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