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First electrically powered nanolasers capable of being operated at room temperature tested

Posted July 17, 2013 by Robert White, Ph.D.

Significant proof of the critical importance of long term basic research funding has been demonstrated with the first convincing operation of a room temperature, continuous wave nanolaser powered by electricity. Funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, Dr. Cun-Zheng Ning and his team at Arizona State…

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NASA begins first Antarctic airborne campaign from McMurdo Station

Posted November 18, 2013 by

NASA’s Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency’s aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station. The P-3…

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NASA begins search for potential SOFIA partners

Posted April 2, 2014 by

NASA issued a Request for Information March 31 soliciting potential partners interested in using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft for scientific investigations or for other potential uses. NASA’s fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress calls for SOFIA to be placed in storage next year unless the agency’s contribution to the project can…

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New sensor sought to enable military missions in GPS-denied areas

Posted April 17, 2012 by

Many U.S. Military systems, such as missiles, rely on the Global Positioning System to provide accurate position, orientation and time information while in flight. When GPS is inaccessible, whether as a result of a malfunction or as a…

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NASA selects omnibus multidiscipline engineering services contract

Posted June 1, 2012 by

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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NASA 3-D app gives public ability to experience robotic space travel

Posted July 13, 2012 by

A NASA-created application that brings some of the agency’s robotic spacecraft to life in 3-D now is available for free on the iPhone and iPad. Called Spacecraft 3D, the app uses animation to show how spacecraft can maneuver and manipulate their outside components. Presently, the new app features two NASA missions, the Curiosity rover that…

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NASA selects two technologies for commercial suborbital tests

Posted August 27, 2012 by

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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NASA selects early stage innovation proposals from 10 universities

Posted October 26, 2012 by

NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early-stage space technologies designed to improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. The 1-year grants are worth approximately $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science…

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DOD, Duke University partner in research projects

Posted January 7, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department sponsors Duke University researchers to conduct projects in mathematics, engineering and biology that advance military capabilities and strengthen national security, a university official said in a recent phone interview. Duke University researchers actively participate in DOD programs and awards, and projects are designed to help the warfighter enhance intelligence gathering, avoid battlefield…

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Fire-resistant ghillie suit, enhanced rocket fuze win DOD awards

Posted March 29, 2013 by Dan Lafontaine

U.S. Army program managers earned Department of Defense acquisition awards recently for rapidly fielding a fire-resistant ghillie suit and an enhanced fuze rocket warhead. After two soldiers from the Army’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment burned to death when their camouflaged sniper gear caught on fire in Iraq, an urgent requirement for a fire-resistant suit was…

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