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NASA to share universe with Instagram users through its images

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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

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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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HIFiRE scramjet research flight will advance hypersonic technology

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An international team that includes NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is celebrating the successful launch of an experimental hypersonic scramjet research flight from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. NASA, AFRL and…

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

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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

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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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Educator teams fly on NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory

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The first four Airborne Astronomy Ambassador educators returned safely to Earth at Palmdale, Calif., early in the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, after completing their initial flight on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA.

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NASA extends electrical systems engineering services contract

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NASA has extended its interim contract with MEI Technologies Inc. of Houston for electrical systems engineering services. The ordering period has been extended for five months from May 9 to Oct. 8. The maximum ordering value of this indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has been increased by about $50 million to a total of about $287 million….

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NASA’s DC-8 flight helps validate new technologies

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NASA photograph by Lori Losey Numerous instrument probes protrude from NASA’s DC-8 Airborne Science flying laboratory as it flies an instrument checkout flight. NASA’s DC-8 airborne laboratory has flown Earth science missions for more than 25 years. The converted jetliner recently carried several instruments testing new technologies that could aid those missions, Global Positioning System…

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