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West Point cadets get adventures in autonomous manipulation, mobility

Posted August 28, 2012 by by Joyce Conant

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Autonomous Systems Division of the Vehicle Technology Directorate recently sponsored two U.S. Military Academy cadets for three weeks as part of their Academic Individual Advancement Development....

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Hiding in plain sight

Posted August 28, 2012 by

This robot is made of silicone. It can walk, change color and light up in the dark. It can even change temperature. In the future, robots like this might be made for just a few dollars.....

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NASA selects two technologies for commercial suborbital tests

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NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected two new technologies to fly on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles, to test the payloads' functionality before full deployment on future missions....

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Is this real or just fantasy? ONR augmented-reality initiative progresses

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Katherine H. Crawford

The Office of Naval Research is demonstrating the next phase of an augmented-reality project Aug. 23 in Princeton, N.J., that will change the way warfighters view operational environments-literally. ONR has completed the first year of a multi-year augmented-reality effort, developing a system that allow trainees to view simulated images superimposed on real-world landscapes. One example…

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DOD organizations launch inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute

Posted August 24, 2012 by Jennifer Carroll

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office partnered with the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the U.S. Army Public Health Command, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory to launch its inaugural Joint Science and Technology Institute July 28 to Aug. 10. The two-week residential program,…

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New CSEL capabilities provide additional communication options

Posted August 24, 2012 by Patty Welsh

Recent improvements to the capabilities of the Combat Survivor Evader Locator radio are enhancing communications between an isolated person and rescue assets. CSEL is a hand-held survival radio used with base stations located across the globe that provides critical search and rescue infrastructure for the joint services. Currently, it provides over-the-horizon and line-of-sight voice capabilities….

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Two NAWCWD chemists earn Navy’s top scientist award

Posted August 23, 2012 by

Two chemists at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif., recently accepted a 2011 Assistant Secretary of the Navy Research, Development and Acquisition Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award for their technical advancements in the field of renewable energy....

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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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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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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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