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Self-healing paint could halt rust on military vehicles

Posted March 24, 2014 by Eric Beidel

A new additive could help military vehicles, including the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, heal like human skin and avoid costly maintenance as a result of corrosion. Developed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in partnership with the Office of Naval Research, polyfibroblast allows scratches forming in vehicle paint to…

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NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter to check out summer sea ice, more

Posted July 16, 2014 by

Sea ice in summer looks dramatically different than sea ice in winter, even in the polar Arctic. Summer snowmelt, pools of water on thinning ice and exposed ocean replace vast winter expanses of white snow-covered ice – and this weekend NASA’s high-flying laser altimeter begins a campaign to investigate these features.

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DARPA calls for advances in ‘big data’ to help war fighter

Posted April 4, 2012 by

War fighters’ missions rely on a virtual net of sensors and communications systems for greater battlefield awareness than at any time in history. At the same time, demands for actionable information have spiked as warfighters at every level ““ whether at the planning table or on patrol ““ are called upon…

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Second set of SBLT tests planned on NASA’s F-15B

Posted May 17, 2012 by

Aerion Corporation is continuing its partnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center with a scheduled second round of Supersonic Boundary Layer Transition research flights slated for this summer on NASA Dryden’s F-15B Research Test Bed aircraft.

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Robotics rodeo showcases new technologies

Posted July 9, 2012 by by Vince Little

The Maneuver Center of Excellence put a dose of sci-fi on center stage at the 2012 Robotics Rodeo. More than 40 vendors and five universities showcased nearly 75 different technologies during the 10-day event...

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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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New director details elements of DARPA’s future success

Posted October 24, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Breakthrough national security capabilities, a differentiated U.S. technology base and a continued robust Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are elements of DARPA’s future success, Arati Prabhakar, the agency’s director, said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22. Prabhakar, who started July 30 as DARPA’s new director, addressed an audience of Office of Naval Research leaders and program…

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Intelligent control for performance: Reducing drag, saving fuel

Posted December 19, 2012 by

NASA Dryden’s versatile F/A-18 Full Scale Advanced Systems Testbed aircraft recently completed a series of flights that explored reducing fuel consumption during cruise flight conditions by making small modifications to existing control laws and mechanisms in the aircraft’s flight control computer. As part of the Intelligent Control for Performance research project, a special computer code…

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Mitigating risk: NASA Dryden’s counterfeit parts screening system

Posted March 13, 2013 by

NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center is at the forefront of developing aerospace technology and it is now recognized as a model for ensuring that none of that technology fails from the use of counterfeit parts.

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NASA calls for phase II visionary advanced concepts

Posted May 22, 2013 by

NASA is looking for far-out ideas. NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of the visionary program. The NIAC program funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions, enable new capabilities, or significantly alter current approaches to launching, building,…

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