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NASA’s undersea mission submerges in the Atlantic

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An international crew of aquanauts is settling into its home on the ocean floor, where the team will spend 12 days testing concepts for a potential asteroid mission. The expedition is the 16th excursion of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations. The crew of four began its mission in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s…

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U.S. Marines fire Excalibur from record range in Afghanistan

Posted June 11, 2012 by

The U.S. Marine Corps successfully fired two Raytheon Excalibur 155mm precision-guided artillery projectiles from a range of 36 kilometers (22.3 statute miles) in theater. These shots mark the longest distance the Excalibur round has been fired in combat since its fielding in 2007. “It is incredible to think about how this capability has evolved with…

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Army invests in technology that typically makes clocks work to increase helicopter transmission power

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The U.S. Army Research Laboratory helped figure out 20 years ago a revolutionary way to increase transmission power in the Apache helicopter without increasing the transmission’s size…

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War fighting data becoming easier to find and retrieve

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Patty Welsh

Recent contract awards by the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., are helping to ensure that warfighters using a key intelligence system can discover and access needed information.

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NASA discovers unprecedented blooms of ocean plant life

Posted June 7, 2012 by

Scientists have made a biological discovery in Arctic Ocean waters as dramatic and unexpected as finding a rainforest in the middle of a desert. A NASA-sponsored expedition punched through three-foot thick sea ice to find waters richer in microscopic marine plants, essential to all sea life, than any other ocean region on Earth. The finding…

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ICECool to crack thermal management barrier, enable breakthrough electronics

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The continued miniaturization and the increased density of components in today’s electronics have pushed heat generation and power dissipation to unprecedented levels. Current thermal management solutions, usually involving remote cooling, are

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Squadron nears completion of ballistic missile warning communications upgrade

Posted June 7, 2012 by by Scott Prater

Ballistic missile warning sensors at sites around the world provide information vital to U.S. national security. When the link connecting those sensors to decision makers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command was in jeopardy of…

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NASA completes ADS-B flight evaluations for UAS

Posted June 6, 2012 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center recently completed flight evaluations of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast aircraft tracking system adapted for unmanned aircraft systems aboard the center's modified MQ-9 Predator B named Ikhana.

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Army scientists energize battery research

Posted June 5, 2012 by by David McNally

Army scientists are squeezing more power from batteries by developing new methods and materials with incredible results. "Our battery group has recently developed some new materials that could potentially...

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NASA selects omnibus multidiscipline engineering services contract

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NASA has selected SGT Inc., of Greenbelt, Md., for the Omnibus Multidiscipline Engineering Services contract for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $400 million. The effective ordering period is from June 1, 2012, through…

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